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Slave Obligations

These are quotes from the Books I have found to be of interest on the topic of Slave Obligations.
I make no pronouncements on these matters, but report them as I find them.
Arrive at your own conclusions.

I wish you well,

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Evidently she believed that I had been afraid to harm her and that she, the daughter of a Ubar, remained above the perils and obligations of the common captive.
Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 99

. . . the word 'Master' can indescribably thrill a girl when she finds it on her lips,
. . .
and knows that it is true.
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 234

Slave girls, on Gor, address all free men as master, though, of course, only one such would be her true master.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 60

A Gorean slave girl in the presence of a free man or woman always kneels, unless excused from doing so. I had even learned to kneel when addressed by the guards and, of course, always, when approached by Targo, my master. A Gorean slave, incidentally, always addresses free men as "Master," and all free women as "Mistress."
Captive of Gor     Book 7     Page 73

The absolute truth must be spoken to a Gorean master. It is forbidden to a girl to hide her feelings.
Captive of Gor     Book 7     Page 346

"A girl," I told her, "on entering the compartment of her master, kneels." "Furthermore," I said, "commonly, in the presence of a free man, the girl kneels."
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 46

"Hassan!" screamed Alyena, from below.
I smiled to myself. She had dared to soil the name of her master by putting it on her lips which, though beautiful, were only those of a slave. Girls are not, commonly, permitted to speak the name of their master. He is addressed as, or responded to, as "Master" or "my Master." If Hassan survived, he would, I suspected, well beat her for this lapse. Some masters, it might be noted, however, permit the girl to speak their name, if it is accompanied by an acknowledgment of title, as in, say, "Hassan, Master," or "Hassan, my Master."
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 183

Blood ran from my mouth; other blood I swallowed. My vision cleared; I could not believe the pounding of my heart. I had been cuffed. I knelt, terrified. At that time I did not realize how light had been my discipline considering the gravity of my offense. I had both spoken without permission, and broken position without permission. Most simply, I had been displeasing to a free man.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 34

Any slave girl, incidentally, addresses any free man as Master, any free woman as Mistress, though only one, of course, at a given time, is likely to be her true Master or Mistress.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 77

I wanted to tear at their eyes with my fingernails. But I did not wish to be whipped, or slain. It is not surprising that the Gorean slave girl is obedient. Those who are not obedient are often destroyed. I was terribly afraid then, that I had even felt a momentary impulse to rebellion. I shook with terror. Did I think I was still on Earth? Did I not know I was now on Gor? I shuddered. Rebellion is not permitted to the Gorean slave girl.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 153

"Then she cried out to me. "Run, Judy." "Fetch help!"
"Do not." said the man.
"Yes, Master," I said.
I looked at the Lady Elicia. "Forgive me, Mistress," I said. "I am a slave girl who has been commanded by a man."
I knelt to one side.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 392

She looked up at me. "How can you respect me?" she asked.
"You are not to be respected," I told her. "You are only a slave."
"Yes, Master," she said.
"You no longer have any pride to guard," I said. "A slave is not permitted pride."
"Yes, Master," she wept. "Oh, oh." Then she threw her head to the side, on the furs. "I want to respect myself!" she cried.
"Your obligation is not to respect yourself," I told her, "but to be yourself."
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 175

He is Master, and I am Slave.
He is owner, and I am owned.
He commands, and I obey.
He is to be pleased, and I am to please.
Why is this?
Because he is Master, and I am Slave.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 179

"I do not know how to be a slave girl," she suddenly wept.
I thrust her head down, "You will begin," I said, "by learning to be docile and submissive." I then rewound the wadding and, dragging her head up briefly, by the hair, from behind, pushed it into her mouth and lashed it in place. I then again thrust her head down. "Also," I said, "you will consider whether or not, at a given time, your master wishes to hear you speak. If you are in doubt, you may ask his permission to speak, which may then be granted or denied, as he pleases."
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 412

The Lady Tima was appealing to, and exploiting, something deep in women which she, as a slaver, well understood, the deep, thrilling desire, profound in women, to be the owned slave of a strong man, to be mastered and to find themselves under the obligation of obedience.
Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 168

"Kneel," I said.
"Kneel?" she asked.
"Must a command be repeated?" I asked.
Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 311

"Yes, Master," she said. "But I could not help myself, Master," she wept. "I am a slave girl. I am only a slave girl!" She seemed to speak to Tasdron, but I knew well for whom her words were intended.
"I do not understand," said Tasdron. "You are under, an obligation to yield, and to yield perfectly, fully and totally. You are a slave."
"Even were I not under such an obligation," she whispered, "my Master, I still could not have helped myself.
I would still have had to yield to them fully and totally, perfectly."
"Of course," said Tasdron. "You are a slave girl."
"Yes, Master," she whispered. "I am a slave girl."
Rogue of Gor     Book 15     Page 253

Things had preceded precisely as I had planned. Given sufficient time, and the obligation to speak, through natural associations and continuities she had confessed her love for Jason of Victoria to me. Let her now be terrified of the wrath of her Gorean master.
Guardsmen of Gor     Book 16     Page 194

"Strip," he said.
"There are others present," she protested.
His right hand, in a backhand blow, lashed forth, fierce and powerful, striking her from her knees to her side on the tiles.
She rose to her hands and knees and, blood at her mouth, regarded him, disbelievingly.
"Must a command be repeated?" he inquired.
Swiftly she tore away the slave tunic, stripping herself.
Guardsmen of Gor     Book 16     Page 257

Slave girls, of course, may speak the name of their masters to others, for example, as in locutions such as, "I am the girl of Calliodorus of Port Cos," or "I come from the house of Calliodorus." It is only that they are seldom, in addressing the master himself, permitted to use his name. He is usually addressed simply as "Master," or as "my Master."
Guardsmen of Gor     Book 16     Page 270

"I will be gentle with you this time," I said, "but sometimes, you must understand, you will be used quite differently, for example, with contempt or scorn, or brutality, or cruel indifference, or, perhaps, with ruthless power."
"Yes, Master," she said.
"Similarly," I said, "you will learn to serve in whatever position your master dictates and in whatever garb, or lack of garb, he pleases."
"Yes, Master," she said.
"And sometimes, too," I said, "you may have to serve in bonds, even cruel bonds, such things as thongs, and cords and chains."
"Yes, Master," she said.
"And sometimes, too," I said, "willlessly, even though your back and legs may still sting from his lash."
"Yes, Master," she said.
"You will learn to serve him whenever, wherever and however he wishes," I said.
"Yes, Master," she said.
"And perfectly," I said.
"Yes, Master," she said.
"For he is the Master, and you are the Slave," I said.
"Yes, Master," she said.
"For you are nothing, and he is all," I said.
"I understand, Master," she whispered.
Savages of Gor     Book 17     Page 187

"The second sense in which you might have intended your remark about betraying yourself, though I think it was not the sense in which you did intend it, would be the innocent sense, quite appropriate for a slave girl, of revealing or manifesting significant aspects of your nature. In this sense, of course, a slave girl has no alternative other than to betray herself. She is under an obligation, and a quite harsh and strict one, to release, manifest and reveal, fully, and in all its depths and facets, the profundities of her nature, the profundities of her femaleness."
Savages of Gor     Book 17     Page 190

"The slave makes no bargains; she does not desire small demands to be placed upon her; she does not ask for ease; she asks nothing; she gives all; she seeks to love and selflessly serve."
Blood Brothers of Gor     Book 18     Page 139

Insubordination in any form, of any sort, in even the tiniest, least significant degree, is not accepted from slave girls by their Gorean masters.
Players of Gor     Book 20     Page 227

"Do you know how to heel, Feiqa?" I asked.
"Yes, Master," she said. She was a Gorean woman, familiar at least superficially with the duties and obligations of slaves.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 14

On Gor there many sayings about masters and slaves. One is in the form of a question and an answer. The question is, "What does a slave owe a Master?" The answer is, "Everything, and then a thousand times more."
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 189

Slave girls must address all free men as "Master." Commonly, however, the expression "my Master," when it is used, is reserved for the actual master of the girl, he who is her literal master, he who literally owns her.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 421

Also, punishment for having to repeat a command is always at the option of the master. For example, a command might not be clearly heard, or might not be clear in itself, or might appear inconsistent with the master's presumed intentions. Whether punishment is in order or not is then a matter for judgment on the master's part.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 198

"Stop," he said.
She was a few feet before the dais.
"Remain standing," he said. Commonly, when a girl is told to stop, she kneels. That is common when the slave is before a free person.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 177

"What is the forty-third position of joy?" asked the man.
"I do not know, Master," she said.
"What is the sixth delight of the hair of a female slave?" he asked.
"I have no idea, Master," she said.
"What is the title of the eighteenth love song of Dina, the slave poetess?" he asked.
"I do not know, Master," she said.
"Do you know anything?" he asked.
"Very little, Master," she said.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 213

The slave addresses all free men as "Master" and all free women as "Mistress." The phrase 'my Master,' when used, is commonly addressed to one's personal master, one's owner. Similarly, if the slave is owned by a woman, the phrase 'my Mistress' is commonly addressed only to the slave's actual mistress. To be sure, the slave commonly refers to her owner as she refers to free men and free women in general, namely, simply as "Master" or "Mistress."
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 295

Mirus fixed his eyes upon the slave. He gestured toward himself with the weapon, violently. "Here, slave girl," said he, "now!"
"Do not move," snapped Selius Arconious.
"Come here!" snapped Mirus.
"I cannot, Master!" said Ellen. "My master has forbidden it."
"Your master?" said Mirus.
"Yes!" cried Ellen. "My master!"
"Who is your master?" said Mirus.
"Selius Arconious, of Ar," cried Ellen. "I am owned by Selius Arconious of Ar, tarnster, of the caste of Tarn Keepers!"
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Pages 638 - 639

If the weather is of inclement ferocity and the slave is muchly bundled against the cold she is expected to kneel immediately in the presence of free persons. In this way she makes her status unmistakably clear. To be sure, regardless of her dress or lack of it, the slave is expected to kneel, at least initially, in the presence of free persons, for example, when addressed, when entering rooms in which they are present, and so on, until, and if, permitted to rise.
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 637

"The names of free persons are not to be soiled in such ways, by appearing on the lips of slaves."
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 643

A slave, of course, would not speak the name of a free man, lest it be soiled on her lips. She might, of course, in discourse, refer to a free man, her master or others, if it were suitable to do so. For example, if she were asked her master's name, she would certainly volunteer this information, with suitable deference.
Rebels of Gor     Book 33     Page 124

The slave, summoned, commonly kneels before a free Person, waiting to be commanded.
Rebels of Gor     Book 33     Page 147

A slave commonly kneels upon the appearance of a free person. It is a common slave deportment.
Rebels of Gor     Book 33     Page 315

"Do you intend to make a request?" he asked.
"Yes, Master," she said.
"Kneel," he said, sharply.
Swiftly she knelt. She still had much to learn. The slave is not a free woman. The slave commonly addresses requests, petitions, supplications, and such, to the free person from a kneeling position, which is appropriate to her condition. Indeed, this position, suitable to the negligibility, shamefulness, and degradation of her status, is often assumed in the presence of the free.
Rebels of Gor     Book 33     Page 324

"A slave," I said, "does not address a free man by his name."
Rebels of Gor     Book 33     Page 415

Indeed, on the continent, it can be a capital offense for a slave to don the garments of a free woman.
Rebels of Gor     Book 33     Page 532

"I wonder what it is, to call a man 'Master'," said Melete.

"I must do so, Mistress," said Lais, softly. "As I am a slave, I must call all free men 'Master' and all free women 'Mistress'."

Slaves are expected to speak clearly, softly, and with abject deference, to free persons. They must never raise their voice to a free person. That can be cause for swift and savage discipline.
Avengers of Gor     Book 36     Page 187

She was approaching.

Then, irritated, she stopped, for I blocked her path.

"Stand aside," she said. "I have been summoned."

"Why are you standing?" I asked.

A slave, when addressed by a free man", instantly kneels. Thus she acknowledges that she is of the submitting sex.

"Out of my way," she said.

Speaking so is permitted to free women, who may say and do much what they wish. It is not permitted to slaves.
Avengers of Gor     Book 36     Page 383


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