Jerome K. Jerome quote about housemaid from Three Men in a Boat - I plodded conscientiously through the twenty-six letters, and the only malady I could conclude I had not got was housemaid’s knee.
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I plodded conscientiously through the twenty-six letters, and the only malady I could conclude I had not got was housemaid’s knee.
 Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (1889). copy citation

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Author Jerome K. Jerome
Source Three Men in a Boat
Topic housemaid malady idleness
Date 1889
Language English
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“Bright's disease, I was relieved to find, I had only in a modified form, and, so far as that was concerned, I might live for years. Cholera I had, with severe complications; and diphtheria I seemed to have been born with. I plodded conscientiously through the twenty-six letters, and the only malady I could conclude I had not got was housemaid's knee.
I felt rather hurt about this at first; it seemed somehow to be a sort of slight. Why hadn't I got housemaid's knee? Why this invidious reservation? After a while, however, less grasping feelings prevailed.” source

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