Books: Domestique Oblige

ROSE: MY LIFE IN SERVICE by ROSINA HARRISON 237 pages. Viking. $8.95.

Servants of a dead pharaoh were sometimes sealed in the tombs with the royal remains so that they could cater their master's needs in the hereafter. There may have been a more worldly reason as well: entombed servants could not publish their memoirs. Had the dynasties lasted as long as the pyramids, the world might have been spared the reminiscences of Eisenhower's butler, Jacqueline Kennedy's White House cook and, most recently, the man who changed the light bulbs and walked the dogs for Lyndon Johnson.

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