I have received the following submission -
In respect of 851-835-377 (pet name ‘Boxer’), I am a bit confused by the fact that it was allowed to get a job away from where it could serve its Owner, and that You and its Owner seem to be OK with this. Surely, as property it is not allowed to make that sort of decision on its own. I understand that You do not allow slaves to speak when they are at the farm, bur surely there is some means for it to communicate and ask this sort of question.
I understand what you’re saying. I would definitely have preferred 851-835-377 (pet name ‘Boxer’) to have stayed with us on the farm after graduation, but that has proved to be infeasible. His (I have to get used to called this slave ‘him’ instead of ‘it’ now he has been granted his freedom) line of work is - in my view - rather precarious and he felt he needed to take a job where he could find it. Unfortunately, this was on the other side of the country. Whilst I don’t really like this idea (after all, both I and Miss G L worked very hard to train him up to be the excellent slave he became), I recognise that I have to be practical. I do not want and could not afford to support him by keeping him here on the farm 24/7, so there was really no alternative to letting him go.
But please don’t think that was easy for anyone. Both he and his former owner were in tears when he left at the end of August and I was feeling rather emotional myself. This is the first time I have ever had a slave leave me. I need to understand that he probably won’t be the last either. When you take on younger slaves, in full time education, there will inevitably come a time when they complete their courses and have to find a job. Were that to be close to the farm to enable them to continue to serve here, that would be wonderful. But, given today’s economic sitation, that is looking increasingly unlikely.
And as 851-835-377 could not possibly get here three weekends out of every four to serve (a key and non-negotiable requirement for any slave we take on) from where he now lives, that decided the matter.
But, as a farmer, I well undertstand that animals come and go, for a variety of reasons: some die, some are sold, others are leased to third parties and so on. This reasoning applies to slaves as much as to any other livestock. And, to look on the bright side, we do have two new and very promising young slaves in 565-877-879 (pet name ‘Nelson’) and 678-868-447 (pet name ‘Smartie’). To finish on an amusing note, the latter was given its pet name my my Overseer, Matt. His reason? Smarties are his favourite chocolate sweets and, in fact, he often has some on him to give to slaves as a treat (they eat them from his hand) when they have done something to please him. Bless … :-)
And while on the subject of Matt, as he has been given primary responsibilty for administering corporal punishment to slaves when they have been sentenced under the Slave Penal Code, we have given him the official title of Whip Master (despite the fact he usually uses a rattan cane). Sounds rather ‘dramatic,’ I know, but it seems to have made an impact on the slave herd, who have been instructed to address him either as ‘Sir’ (as before) or as ‘Whip Master.’ The brighter ones use his official title as that pleases him and they would be very foolish indeed to annoy him.
Actually, now I think of it, maybe we should try and get him a whip. It might be amusing (and appropriate) for a formal Public Whipping actually to involve a whip. I’m sure Matt could be taught to use one effectively and accurately across a slave’s bare buttocks. After all, he has mastered giving a caning very well.
What does anyone think?