One Pair of Hands Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is Monica Dickens' memoir of her one-and-half years as a cook general and housemaid in the 1930's, and a look at a profession that doesn't exist any more. Dickens started this work because she was bored and didn't have anything to do with herself, rather than from any real need for money. She mostly worked for respectable middle class families, but she also got a taste of working as a cook at a country manor. She was fired when her first employer's boyfriend got grabby, resigned from her country manor job when the butler tried to blackmail her, and went through many misadventures which can't have seemed funny at the time, but gave her material for an entertaining memoir.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   butler/maid/servant Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   like laughing How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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