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Servants

Servants

Date: Oct 30 2007

Themes: Work

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Ever since people have been becoming rich, they have been hiring others to do things for them. But nowadays, in the United States anyway, when people make a lot of money, they don’t tend to hire servants anymore. They spend their money on technology and property.

Marni and Kevin are both surprised to discover a real-live, present-day American who keeps servants.

Dialog

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Marni

Marni

Kevin

Kevin

Marni:  So uh…I know this woman. I used to work at the Town Club, which is a social women’s club, and this woman, very rich, very old-money, has a bell under the table, where she very carefully rings when she wants her servants to come in.

Kevin:  You’re kidding! Wow. That’s old school.

Marni:  Very old school. So, servants. It seems so archaic to me but I guess…

Kevin:  Well, you know, in probably most countries of the world, affluent people have servants. When I lived in Mexico, we had people who lived in our house who cooked and cleaned. But they were treated very well. I think it’s just…It’s all in how you treat them.

Marni:  Yes. That’s very true. But what do you consider a servant? If you have a maid or somebody who comes in to clean your house, is that a servant?

Kevin:  Well I don’t particularly like the word “servant”...

Marni:  I don’t either…

Kevin:  ...but I think of it as someone who lives in your home with you.

Marni:  Okay.

 

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討論

The wealthy like to form clubs where they can network and…well…be wealthy together. Marni used to work at one of these clubs and there was a woman there who had a button under her table that she could push to call her servants.

Kevin remarks that that’s very old-fashioned, and Marni agrees. But then he recalls that in many countries it’s quite normal to keep servants. He lived in Mexico for a time, and the house he lived in had people who stayed there and cooked and cleaned.

Marni asks Kevin what exactly he thinks a servant is. Does someone who comes to your home to clean and then leaves afterward count as a servant?

Kevin says that he thinks in order for someone to be a servant, that person has to live with the people he or she works for. Kevin and Marni agree that they aren’t too fond of the term “servant.” They might prefer more specific terms like “cook,” or “grounds keeper,” or even another general term like “assistant.”

Is it common to have servants where you live? Do you have servants? Do you work as a servant?

 

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 julito

julito

Argentina

I wouldn´t like  to call people that  helps in a  house “servants”  .This is an archaic word that comes from the past when servants had no rights whatsoever. To me is very humiliating .

11:40 PM Feb 18 2012 |

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Ahshan

Ahshan

China

yep

11:04 PM Feb 18 2012 |

zabotto

Brazil

Why do you guys stutter so much!?! God!

10:46 PM Jul 16 2010 |

Barraka

Barraka

France

We don't have servants, but I wish i did, it would really be helpful around here (my place).

Come to think of it, I might as well find a wife, I hear they have common skills… 

08:07 AM Apr 15 2010 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

in the country when I lived, Slovakia not common have a servant. I think and agree with Marni  that's archaic and annoyed me when  people doing work with someone other

07:11 PM Dec 20 2008 |

KarenH

KarenH

Costa Rica

actually in me country is a occupation and foreign people make theirs lives  in that way.

02:57 AM Mar 24 2008 |

nad1a

nad1a

Greece

In Greece, they often have servants too, ‘live-in’ or ‘live-out’ as they call them. In the ‘live-in’ case, the maid/babysitter etc may be an undocumented immigrant and more often than not is kept under near-slavery conditions (without exaggerating). Of course this is not 100% the case but it’s quite common. Even when they are treated better, it’s still nowhere near ‘regarded as part of the family’ situation.

11:27 PM Jan 09 2008 |

garna2010

Morocco

we have the servant also in my country ,but problem where ? the most of there servant women not working good and they dont do the work prefictly.more talkative and lol…............

for me the women is not good for this work.

i know many women they rich now by servant but i dont knowWink

11:59 PM Jan 07 2008 |

00961836b

00961836b

United Arab Emirates

hi

05:50 PM Jan 01 2008 |

00961836b

00961836b

United Arab Emirates

hi

05:50 PM Jan 01 2008 |

mangaonkarvishal

India

It is a good lesson,in our country affluent people normally tend to keep servants.We dont have any servant in our house,but it is very important to respect each human being.

03:24 AM Dec 21 2007 |

chunjinglan

China

Can we be friends?

 

06:51 AM Dec 14 2007 |

jaction

jaction

China

great you are!

04:46 PM Dec 02 2007 |

jaction

jaction

China

i agree with you

04:44 PM Dec 02 2007 |

83ten

83ten

India

wonderful

 

04:54 PM Nov 18 2007 |

carlosbertholdi

Brazil

Servants are very common here in Brazil all families that I know here have servants. I don't understand why Americans  think that is bad thing to have servants. If we didn't have servants we would have to eat in restaurants and, eat out sucks you never know what you really are eating.

03:58 PM Nov 06 2007 |

muziclover

muziclover

Philippines

Well, here in Philippines we also practice that especially to those affluents families.

03:07 AM Nov 06 2007 |

a6a9a8

China

I don't like the word servant either. I hired a girl to cook for me and help me do something when I just gave birth to my son. yes, she lived with me at that time. But I would rather called her baby-keeper than the word servant.

06:50 PM Nov 05 2007 |

Nicoco1604

Nicoco1604

France

In my country, there are the rich family that have the servant. Unlike, servant can come to help older person for the cooking, the housework…

05:16 PM Nov 05 2007 |

angelo15

angelo15

Greece

In Greece we call them house assistants. They are people who help other people(usually rich) in cooking,cleaning and so on. This is their job and they have their own house.

 

Very interesting topic…

04:01 PM Nov 05 2007 |

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