It's no wonder valet John Bates doesn't want to show affection for housemaid Anna Smith throughout the first season, despite being in love with her. During this period it was extremely off limits to get involved with fellow servants, and they prevented this by keeping male and female servants in separate quarters. Many times a romance between staffers would be blamed on the women, and could get you fired. We see an example of this when one of the characters gets pregnant in the second season.
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