Fishbone ”Under Government”意思?

請問曾經看過Charles Dickens所着"The Magic Fishbone"中,描述 princess Alicia的父親其實是個"Under Government",指的究竟是什麼意思? (謝謝大家瀏覽我的問題,但大大能瀏覽可考據的答案,謝謝大家) 以下為原文 There was once a King, and he had a Queen; and he was the manliest of his sex, and she was the loveliest of hers. The King was, in his private profession,... show more 請問曾經看過Charles Dickens所着"The Magic Fishbone"中,描述 princess Alicia的父親其實是個"Under Government",指的究竟是什麼意思?
(謝謝大家瀏覽我的問題,但大大能瀏覽可考據的答案,謝謝大家)

以下為原文
There was once a King, and he had a Queen; and he was the manliest of his sex, and she was the loveliest of hers. The King was, in his private profession, Under Government . The Queen's father had been a medical man out of town.

再次感謝!
Update: 再一句:
"The king hung his head under this reproof",指得是國王因為這個嚴厲的指責而抬不起頭嗎?有無其他相同的用法可...
Update 2: 謝謝Janet,這個答案的可參考性很高,因為故事最後"she(Princess Alicia) gave it one little kiss and wished it was quarter day. And immediately it was quarter day; the King's quarter's salary came rattleing down the chimney, and bounced into the middle of the floor."

不知是否有熟稔這項制度的大大能解說一下這在中古歐洲到底是什麼實行的呢?
Update 3: Thanks for the renewal, I am a bit confused about the statement though, " the Queen, the Princess and the duchess are all imaginary titles that Alicia had for her family, herself and her doll. ", since Alicia is not the narrator, how could she "have" these titles for her family?
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