Student or Learner
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?