She's from England? She's only twenty years old? She seems nice? And she's a live-in maid with her own room in the house?
That's so great for you. Someone near your own age.
But there's something wrong with her? She's missing two fingers on her left hand? It was an injury? She worked in a textile factory in England before coming to North America? That's where it happened?
Young women, just like the new maid, have left their family to work in the mills and factories. It is a time when young women no longer want to work or live on the family farm.
Machinery is changing the way items are created. Shoes, once a craft involving years of apprenticeship, are easily made with the help of machinery, for instance.
In Britain in 1847, The Factory Act was passed to place restrictions on working hours involving children - it is estimated that one out of five children working in textile factories at the time were younger than 15 years of age.
In Canada and the United States in the 1860s, industry and urbanization is coming alive, and will continue to grow quickly. Many agricultural workers are going into industrial labour temporarily to earn enough money to buy land of their own.
Before child labour laws begin to pass in the 1870s, Canadian children not in school will work in these factories, putting themselves in danger, just like the new maid. It is obvious that this is why she no longer works in a factory - it's simply too dangerous and difficult - even though domestic duties can be hard work as well.
And now you know.