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Illiteracy, or, more kindly, an inability to read and write, is not taken on Gor as a mark of stupidity. These things tend rather, in many cases, to be associated with the caste structure and cultural traditions. Magicians of Gor --pg. 393-394
A similar interesting historical detail, though not particularly pertinent to Gor, as most Gorean garments lack buttons, is that, on Earth, men's shirts, jackets, coats, and such, have the buttons on the right side, so that the opening of the garment is held down, and to the right. This is because the sheath of the knife or sword is, by right-handed men, commonly worn on the left, facilitating the across-the-body draw to the right....Also the male tunic of the wraparound variety has its overlap to the right, presumably for a similar reason. Magicians of Gor --pg. 394-395
The dance in the circle, as one might have gathered, was not the stately dance of free maidens. Even in which, of course, the maidens, though scarcely admitting this even to themselves, experience something of the stimulatory voluptuousness of movement, but slave dance, that form of dance, in its thousands of variations, in which a female may excitingly and beautifully, marvelously and fulfillingly, express the depths and profundities of her nature. In such dance the woman moves as a female, and shows herself as a female,, in all her excitingness and beauty. It is no wonder that women love such dance, in which dance they are so desirable and beautiful, in which dance they feel so free, so sexual, so much a slave. Magicians of Gor --pg. 44
Must a command be repeated?' she inquired. 'I am a male slave,' he said. ' I am not a female slave.' 'Surely you are aware that male silk slaves are trained in such things as the serving of wine to their mistresses,' she said. 'I am not a silk slave,' he said. 'I see that a command must be repeated,' she said. 'No, Mistress!' he said. He hurried to the small table and put a tiny bit of wine into one of the small glasses. He then returned, and knelt before her. He then, holding the tiny glass in both hands, his head down between his extended arms, proffered her the beverage. Magicians of Gor --pg. 447
Her master seized her from the circle then and hurried her from the light, her head down, held by the hair, at his left hip. This is a common leading position for female slaves being conducted short distances. As the master holds her hair in the left hand, it leaves his right hand, commonly the sword hand, free. Magicians of Gor --pg. 46
You called me 'Master',' he said to her. She lifted her head, timidly. 'It is appropriate,' I said. 'She is a slave. You are a free man.' Magicians of Gor --pg. 462
Do not yield to the temptation of being weak with her,' I cautioned him. 'She loves you, but she must also fear you. She must know that you are not to be trifled with. She must know herself to be always within your discipline.' 'I understand,' he said. 'And as she is female,' I said, 'she may occasionally, curious, foolishly, particularly at first, wish to test the strength of your will, to discover, if you like, the boundaries of her condition.' 'Master!' protested Lavinia. 'It is then up to you to teach her what they are, promptly, decisively, unmistakably.' 'I understand,' he said. 'She wants to know, so to speak, the length of her chain, the location of the walls of her cell. Too, she wants to be reassured of your strength. She wants to know that you are her master, truly, in the fullness of reality. Having learned this, she need not be so foolish in the future. She will have discovered that stone is hard and that fire burns. Thenceforth she will be in her place, pleased and content.' Magicians of Gor --pg. 464-466
It is one thing to own a woman, and it is another to have her within the bonds of an excellent mastery.' Magicians of Gor --pg. 465
It is mine!' cried Talena. 'Slaves own nothing,' I said. 'It is they who are owned.' Magicians of Gor --pg. 472
It is not unusual for a slave's first food from a new master to be received in a hand feeding. It may also be done, from time to time, of course, with all, or a portion, of a given snack, or meal. This sort of thing expresses symbolically, and teaches her also, on a very deep level, that she is dependent upon him for her food, that it is from his hand, so to speak, that she receives it. Magicians of Gor --pg. 477
`I do not understand them,' she said. `To uphold the law they have jeopardized their careers, they have entered into exile!' `There are such men,' I said. `I do not understand them,' she said. `That,' I said, `is because you do not understand honor.'' Magicians of Gor --pg. 478
`You are a weakling!' she said. `Perhaps not so much now as I once was,' I said. `Free me!' she said. `Why?' I asked. `Before,' she said, `you freed me!' `I am wiser now,' I said.' Magicians of Gor --pg. 481
.....And let us hope that no one detects your deception, for, as you know, the penalties for a slave masquerading as a free woman are quite severe.' Magicians of Gor --pg. 481
`I shall be restored to the honors of the Ubara!' she said. `No,' I said. `You are now a slave. A slave cannot be Ubara. You can do no more now than pretend to be the Ubara. In a sense you will be an imposter. And let us hope that no one detects your deception, for, as you know, the penalties for a slave masquerading as a free woman are quite severe.'' Magicians of Gor --pg. 481
`I was more of a prize, or a political prisoner. I was more like a free woman in slave silk than a slave, in his camp.' `Then, in effect,' I said, `aside from having worn the collar and such, you have never experienced what one might call a full slavery? `Like a common slave slut?' she asked. `Yes,' I said. `No!' she said, angrily. `That would seem to have been an oversight on the part of Rask of Treve,' I said. 'Perhaps,' she said, angrily. `Perhaps other masters can remedy that oversight,' I said.' Magicians of Gor --pg. 484
I lay on a blanket, in the small room, in the insula of Torbon, on Demetrios Street, in the Metellan district. Outside, the city was generally quiet. I looked up at the darkness of the ceiling. It must have been in the neighborhood of the twentieth Ahn. By now Milo and Lavinia must have left the city. Too, Boots Tarsk-Bit, with his troupe, would he on his way north, perhaps on the Viktel Aria. Somewhere, hidden among their belongings, would be an obscure item, a seeming oddity, a stone. To look at it one might not know it from many other stones. And yet it was different from all other stones; it was special. I wondered about the Home Stones of Gor. Many seem small and quite plain. Yet for these stones, and on account of these stones, these seemingly inauspicious, simple objects, cities have been built, and burned, armies have clashed, strong men have wept, empires have risen and fallen. The simplicity of many of these stones has puzzled me. I have wondered sometimes how it is that they have become invested with such import. They may, of course, somewhat simply, be thought of as symbolizing various things, and perhaps different things to different people. They can stand, for example, for a city, and, indeed, are sometimes identified with the city. They, have some affinity, too, surely, with territoriality and community. Even a remote hut, far from the paved avenues of a town or city, may have a Home Stone, and therein, in the place of his Home Stone, is the meanest beggar or the poorest peasant a Ubar. The Home Stone says this place is mine, this is my home. I am here. But I think, often, that it is a mistake to try to translate the Home Stone into meanings. It is not a word, or a sentence. It does not really translate. It is, more like a tree, or the world. It exists, which goes beyond, which surpasses, meaning. In this primitive sense the Home Stone is simply that, and irreducibly, the Home Stone. It is too important, too precious, to mean. And in not meaning, it becomes, of course, the most meaningful of all. It becomes, in a sense, the foundation of meaning, and, for Goreans, it is anterior to meaning, and precedes meaning. Do not ask a Gorean what the Home Stone means because he will not understand your question. It will puzzle him. It is the Home Stone. Sometimes I think that many Home Stones are so simple because they are too important, too precious, to be insulted with decoration or embellishment. And then, too, sometimes I think that they are kept, on the whole, so simple, because this is a way of saying that everything is important, and precious, and beautiful, the small stones by the river, the leaves of trees, the tracks of small animals, a blade of grass, a drop of water, a grain of sand, the world. The word 'Gor', in Gorean, incidentally, means 'Home Stone'. Their name for our common sun, Sol, is 'Tor-tu-Gor' which means 'Light upon the Home Stone'.' Magicians of Gor --pg. 485-486
For example, sometimes free women attempt, sometimes even disguising themselves, to spy on the doings of masters and slaves. For example, they might attempt, disguised as lads, to gain entrance to paga taverns. And often such entrance in granted them but later, to their horror, they may find themselves thrown naked to the dancing sand and forced to perform under whips. Similarly if they attempt to enter such establishments as pretended slaves they may find themselves leaving them by the back entrance, soon to become true slaves. In many cities, such actions, attempting to spy on masters and slaves, disguising oneself as a slave, garbing oneself as a slave, even in the supposed secrecy of one's own compartments, lingering about slave shelves and markets, even exhibiting an interest in, or fascination with, bondage, can result in reduction to bondage. The theory is apparently that such actions and interests are those of a slave, and that the female who exhibits them should, accordingly, be imbonded.' Magicians of Gor --pg. 50
Gorean men do not surrender their birthright as males, their rightful dominance, their appropriate mastery. They do not choose to be dictated to by females. Magicians of Gor --pg. 51
Any free woman who couches with another's slave or readies for such, becomes , by law, herself a slave and the property of said slaves owner.' Magicians of Gor --pg. 7
It was not like the city contained large numbers of dangerous, powerful, virile male slaves, such as might be found on the galleys, in the quarries, on the great farms, and so on. Such, in numbers, would be dangerous in the city. Most male slaves in the city were pampered silk slaves, owned by Gorean women who had not yet learned their sex. Such slaves, when captured, if not slain in disgust by the victors, were usually herded together like slave girls, and chained for disposition in markets catering to their form of merchandise, markets patronized largely by free women....many of the fellows who attended to the great refuse vats usually kept at the foot of the stairs in insulae were male slaves....ocassionally they would be treated to a dram of paga or thrown a kettle girl for the evening. Magicians of Gor --pg. 71

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