May 24th, 2009

diarmuid

On careers, jobs, and opportunities

One of my go-to authors is Agatha Christie for just good old-fashioned reading fodder [I need a lot of reading fodder, and I'm not always interested in challenging material. I could barely get through Chesterton's Orthodoxy as I kept putting it down after a page to think about things.]

In "What Mrs. MacGillicuddy Saw!"(spoilers at link) one of the main characters is Lucy Eyelesbarrow, a very clever woman who has made a name for herself as a short-term housekeeper/steward. The piece is set in the 1950s, and the domestic servants that populated Christie's earlier novels are dropping off. Lucy notes that she had done very well academically, scoring very high in maths for example, and people wondered why she got into domestic work.
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