You can see the gushing, fawning manner of shopkeepers keen to please the Chief Procurement Officers of the nearby grand home.

‘The housekeeper and steward from the Towers might also be seen coming in to give orders at the various shops; and stopping here and there at those kept by favourites, to avail themselves of the eagerly-tended refreshments.’

Source: Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters (London: Penguin Classics, 1986 (1866)), p. 315

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