"[…] if any difficulties should arise, my housekeeper is extremely clever." "I will answer for it, that mine thinks herself full as clever, and would spurn any body's assistance." (42. 25-6)
Discussing servants’ feelings (or senses of worth) is a rare occurrence in a novel based on gentry (or upper-class people). In this passage, the two speakers use servants as ways to reiterate their own positions.