Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: May 2006
    • Posts: 107

    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?

  2. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,423

    Re: meaning of "last-appointed"


Similar Threads

  1. "... until ... is appointed"
    By Odessa Dawn in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-Nov-2012, 19:06
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-Oct-2011, 19:24
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Jan-2011, 10:25
  4. Meaning of "angelic","reckon","bow"
    By Adam Cruge in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Jul-2010, 11:04
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-Jun-2010, 02:25


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts