If we ask for something during a meal, Adela comes out of the kitchen and says: There isn't any.
It is all so very nerve-racking. I often feel worn out after just one attempt to speak to her.
Luisa, I say, I want to make sure we understand each other. You cannot play the radio in the kitchen during our dinnertime. There is also a lot of shouting in the kitchen. We are asking for some peace in the house.
We do not believe they are sincerely trying to please us.
Adela someties takes the bell off the dining table and does not pput it back on. Then I cannot ring for her during the meal but have to call loudly from the dining room to the kitchen, or go without what I need, or get the bell myself so that I can ring it. My question is: Does she leave the bell off the table on purpose?
from the story "The Dreadful Mucamas", an amazing one from the POV of a subletter who resents that their housekeepers are not more subservient