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There is a broad sense in which this is a matter of theatrical convention, ultimately traceable to classical sources (including Plautus), where messenger-function is often degraded by association with slave or bondman status.
Riehl well observes that the feudal system, which made the peasant the bondman of his lord, was an immense benefit in a country the greater part of which had still to be colonized, rescued the peasant from vagabondage, and laid the foundation of persistency and endurance in future generations.
Mose Smith, a former Louisiana bondman, attested: "When I growed up they give me so many rows of cotton to hoe or pick.
In the hard-won ending of The Bondman, for instance, a `reformed traditional hierarchy' is established - real slaves are not triumphant, but `contributions to the commonwealth from whatever initial station' are rewarded.
He demonstrates how Caine's attempt to reconcile realism with romance contributed to the enormous popularity of works such as The Bondman, and how this is linked to the advertising and distribution practices of the book's publisher, Cassell.
And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.
The Bondman (1623), about a slave revolt in the Greek city of Syracuse, is one of Massinger's seven tragicomedies and shows his concern for state affairs.
It is also, perhaps, no small tribute to the scope of Langland's poem that, includiag alle maner of men, its faire felde ful of folke finds place even for the despised Welsh bondman.
That standard is now unfurled; and long may it float, unhurt by the spoliations of time or the missiles of a desperate foe--yea, till every chain be broken, and every bondman set free
Although Bondman is the one who makes his shots, it is the 'ah' of the crowd which makes something of them.
They referred instead to Francois Dominique Toussaint Louverture, the black general and former bondman who led an army of rebel slaves to victory over their former masters as well as the armies of France, England, and Spain at the end of the eighteenth century in the Saint-Domingue or Haitian Revolution.
such a statement would most undoubtedly induce greater vigilance on the part of slaveholders than has existed heretofore among them; which would, of course, be the means of guarding a door whereby some dear brother bondman might escape his galling chains.