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    #1

    meaning of "last-appointed"

    Dear all,

    I read the sentence written by Anthony Trollope about the popularity of novels in Victorian England:

    "Novels are in the hands of us all; from the Prime Minister down to the last-appointed scullery maid. We have them in our library, our drawing-rooms, our bed-rooms, our kitchens and in our nurseries."

    I'd like to know what a "last-appointed" scullery maid is. The difinitions of "appoint" given by dictionaries don't seem to fit into this context.
    Does it mean the "lowest-ranking" scullery maid?

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    Re: meaning of "last-appointed"

    Yes.

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