engage a servant <on his face>

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Hello! I was reading "A Friend in Need" by Somerset Maugham and I'm having troubles to undertand a specific phrase:

For thirty years now I have been studying my fellow-men. I do not know very much about them. I should certainly hesítate to engage a servant on his face, and yet I suppose it is on, the face that for the most part we judge the persons we meet.

Has anybody read it?
  • owlman5

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    This should mean that Maugham would not hire a servant after merely looking at that servant. Maugham would want to have more information about that servant before he would hire him.
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