'Establishment of domestics' and 'compound order' (Wuthering Heights)


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Hello everyone,

I'd like to understand the following sentences from the novel Wuthering Heights. I guess it's metaphoric, but I can't get to the point.

Here we have the whole establishment of domestics, I suppose,' was the reflection suggested by this compound order.

Any help? Thanks a lot.
  • Chez

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    More context needed. Who's talking?; to whom?; about what?

    It is not a sentence that makes any sense on its own.

    To make some wild guesses:

    Did someone just give several orders (compound orders?) for jobs to be done about the house?
    domestics = domestic staff

    The meaning would therefore be: the fact that someone just gave such a lot of orders for jobs to be done suggests that there are a whole range of domestic staff available to do these jobs.
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