FACEBOOK: Propriety



A proper English maid does not drop the tea service at the discovery of a corpse but instead sets it down upon the nearest and/or most carefully dusted armoire, thus freeing both hands towards the smoothing of her apron and loosening of her corset.  Once properly composed, she may then commence the screaming of bloody murder.

Her American counterpart is beholden to no such code; she’s not been bred for murder intrigue, lacks the proper undergarments, and is almost certainly getting paid by the hour.