Oh, right. She's sewing a gown for the lady of the house to wear to the upcoming ball.
By the way, you still haven't told me what kind of ball this is. I mean, there's normally a reason someone holds a ball in the 19th century.
You'll find out? Okay, I'll be waiting to hear.
It's dark in her room at night whenever you go in to keep her company while she hand sews the gown? Does the lady of the house know you're doing this? I think she's already asked you not to become too friendly with the maid, right?
Haven't they even insisted that she only use the back door?
Doesn't sound to me like they want her mingling too much with the family.
At the beginning of the Victorian era, most homes used candles and oil lamps, just as the home you live in is still doing. By the end of this era as the century wraps up, gas lighting will be common in urban houses, and incandescent bulbs will be introduced to many.
Still a long wait for you ... I mean, for the family you live with. Of course you'll be back home in the 21st century soon.
And now you know.