Saturday, 6 May 2017
Masters Or Chiefs
In SM Stirling's The Sunrise Lands, when a knight's servant refers to Rudi Mackenzie as Edain's master, Edain retorts that:
he is a Mackenzie;
Mackenzies don't have masters;
Rudi is his Chief.
Edain is correct. However, he should also understand that:
there are different social systems;
people will "translate" terminology from one system to another;
there are good and bad master-servant relationships.
It is possible for two men, or two beings, to maintain a formally correct master-servant relationship and also to be friends, prime examples in fiction being Poul Anderson's Dominic Flandry and Chives and DC Comics' Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth.