Who are you? Where do you live?
Sir, my name is Rumjan; my house is at Calcutta.
Say, why are you come hither?
Sir, I am without work. I came to seek a place.
What service do you do?
Sir, I am accustomed to do the work of a gentleman’s Khansaman. I did the business of a Khidmutgar some time ago; now I do that of a Khansaman.
What work does a Khansaman do?
Sir, a Khansaman supplies his master’s table. All articles of furniture are under his care, and all the inferior servants also are under the Khansaman.
Khansaman, how many servants are necessary for a gentleman, and what are their titles?
Sir, the necessary servants are these: a Khansaman, a Khidmutgar, a Musalchee, a Cook, a Water-cooler, a Water-bearer, a Cleaner, a Washerman, a man to prepare your Hooka, Palenquin bearers, a man to go on errands, a Watchman, and a Porter.
Khansaman, what work do all these servants do?
Sir, every one does his own proper work.