Seriously I don't even want to know the answer to the perplexing conundrum! Fortunately, for now and at least for the foreseeable future, I should be able to afford not to answer that particular question of whether I can live without domestic help. Apart from brief periods in my life, I've always had some sort of part-time maid in my house. Even here in Netherfield I have the inimitable yet oddly unintelligible Maid Mumbles to help out with the various domestic chores needed to keep the place vaguely serviceable.
And really, why would you even try to do without?
Domestic help. Such lovely, indispensable creatures. Maintains the manor in perfect order, all spic and span. Ready for a fry-up if the need arises. Ever-present with a cup of hot tea when you feel down.
Fuck egalitarianism. If I could afford an entire coterie of servants to staff my establishment, I probably would have. Just for starters, perhaps the housekeeper, the housemaid, the cook, the kitchen maid, the scullery maid, the chauffeur, the butler, the valet, the doorman - and that's only the bare minimum.
And why would you deny this strapping fellow his job?
So why does my sister-in-law Sassy Sue dislike having maids? Though most of us have broached the subject of hiring a maid to her, even the very suggestion seems insulting to Sue as a full-time housewife. Of course that's far from our initial intention since we just want to have her household burdens reduced with someone around to lend a hand.
Her adamant refusal seems peculiar though so let me just run through the stock reasons for not having a maid...
1) Financial constraints
Though having an entire army of maids would probably break the bank at the moment, I think my financially astute brother should be able to afford one at the very least.
There are some who prefer to do the cleaning, cooking, and cleanup on their own, citing independence and resourcefulness as a reason. Perhaps proving they are capable of handling the burden without help. And having a maid perpetually around in the background would really crimp their style. Yes, sure I might be able to manage without their services if need be but really, why bother if we can afford it?
3) Social conscience
A bit odd for a reason but I'll accept the validity of it. Though I gotta say the maids are getting their due for their hard work. Not like they are indentured slaves without choice. No doubt it's the best career option available to them at the moment so why not hire them?
Plenty of other more obscure reasons I'm sure. Pretty sure Sue has her personal reasons not to have a maid though, wonder what they are!