But he stepped into the bedroom where the swamper was still imprisoned by Lucy's orders.
The swamper disclaimed the generous imputation with a shake of the head.
The brown face on the pillow did not change expression as Val greeted the swamper.
The swamper stared steadily at her a moment, saying nothing.
And for his swamper's labor he was almost fastidiously clean.
After a few minutes, the swamper thrust the pan back into its hiding place.
Penny and Louise thanked the swamper and paid him for use of the boat.
The swamper looked up at Val's hail but this time he did not leave.
The swamper turned on his heel and padded toward the French windows.
The swamper grinned but made no move to stir from his chair.
1735, "one who lives in a swampy district," from swamp (n.). Meaning "workman who clears a lumber road through swamp or forest" is 1857, American English; meaning "all-purpose assistant in a restaurant or saloon" is from 1907.