Trible (tamtrible) wrote in little_details,

Talking to Victorian era servants/staff, and vice versa

Location: US, somewhere in the Victorian era, give or take a bit.
Searches: variations of "Victorian era addressing servants", "Victorian America talking to servants)
Our Heroine (actually my roleplaying character) has her own household (unusual, I know--mad scientist, she kept distressing her father's expensive French cook by improving things...). No husband, no father, though there is likely a full-time chaperon of some sort, possibly a spinster aunt. How would she be expected to address her lab assistants, and her servants, and how would they be expected to address her? I expect she'll break the rules frequently, but I'd like to know what rules she *is* breaking. I think they'd be expected to call her Miss Lastname, but would she be allowed to call them Firstname, or would she be expected to call them Mister/Miss Lastname, or what?
(I remember reading on another LD post that, for most of the household servants, it'd be Firstname; the cook and housekeeper would be Mrs. Lastname; and the more important other servants would be Lastname, but I could be scrambling that a bit)
Tags: 1800s (no decades given), usa: history (misc), ~servants/slaves

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