The vivid and voluble Mrs Poyser chipping in with her endless fount of wisdom and human commentary.   I like this as an early expression of someone having a sense of entitlement, which is how I read it.  Mrs Poyser is a character I like very much, but I wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of her.

‘But there’s folks ‘ud hold a sieve under a pump and expect to carry away the water.’

Source: George Eliot, Adam Bede (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985 (1859)), p. 393

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