Isabella Beeton (1836-65) was married to the publisher Samuel Beeton, whose most successful venture was the 'Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine'. Isobella was largely responsible for the production of the magazine, etc. Household Management first appeared in monthly parts in the magazine. She died when she was only 28 having contracted puerperal fever. In this extract, Mrs Beeton describes the various duties of a lady's maid.