Quotation by Sarah Fielding

Miss Weare attended on Lady Dellwyn as her shadow. And as she had before received a great deal of flattery at second hand, so she now received a great deal of contempt in the same manner, with this material difference, that the flattery which came to her share ... lost much of its respectful manner by the way, whereas [the] contempt fell with redoubled force on her ... insomuch that Miss Weare often repined and secretly wished that she had rather submitted to the meanest employment ... than taken up the trade of being an humble companion.
Sarah Fielding (1710–1768), British novelist. The History of the Countess of Dellwyn, bk. 4, "chapter the last," (1759).

In the eighteenth century, the position of "humble companion" was often taken by genteel women without other means of support.
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