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Amsterdam, Pt. IV

Posted on 2006.09.09 at 18:21

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irulan_amy at 2006-09-11 02:24 (UTC) (Link)
So why didn't the houseman answer the phone? :/ Silly hotel people. (I am allowed to call them names as I worked in the hospitality industry for 5 years). ;)

ehowton
ehowton at 2006-09-11 02:35 (UTC) (Link)
I found this on wikipedia:

A useful man or houseman is a male servant ranking below a footman but above a hall boy.

Unlike the footman, the useful man never enters the dining room or waits personally on the master of the house.

The term houseman should be distinguished from houseboy, a usually adult male servant of higher rank.


It looks like the houseman isn't authorized to answer the phone. But he sure was a source of comfort to the weekend manager, and calmed him greatly. All questions were answered when the houseman spoke. He's all-seeing. An oracle, even. All praise the houseman!
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