took service to wait on

Gabriel Aparta

Senior Member
Español - Venezuela
Hi everyone, please, from David Copperfield by Dickens:

"Em'ly got to France, and took service to wait on travelling ladies at a inn in the port.

Daniel Peggotty is narrating how Emily came back from Italy to England. What does that mean please? Is it used nowadays?

Thanks!
 
  • reno33

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    took service to wait on. = took a job as a domestic assistant (formerly: a servant)

    In the USA the term is not used.
     
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