"Now Millie, are you sure you understood everything I said?" Miss Jennifer was addressing me in a rather condescending manner.
"Yes Miss, I think I did" I answered back smiling with a slight impertinence.Her expression stiffened and her tone of voice hardened as she said,
"Now listen to me Millie and listen carefully. I demand a more respectful tone of voice from a maid when she answers back, always followed by a slight curtsy. This has to become a second nature to you. Do you understand?"
I was blushing all over when this time I answered in a more humble manner, curtseying clumsily at the same time, "Yes Miss, I'm sorry Miss!"
(Also includes: THE AMBASSADOR'S SECOND MAID)