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master

(1) Employer-employee law is sometimes called master-servant law.(2) A person appointed by a court to perform a specific function, such as to sell real estate that is in dispute or to assist with evidentiary issues or other duties. (The practice is rare in federal court, but very common in some state courts.)

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Fatherhood, in Douglass's terms, gives way to "masterhood." Slave owners "controlled virtually all dimensions of their children's lives," Patricia Hill Collins observes; "they could be sold at will, whipped, even killed, all with no recourse by their mothers.
Even though Anna has "a german woman's feeling for the masterhood in men," she seeks male pliancy, which empowers her (46).
The devotees nevertheless persist in their quest for enlightenment, thwarted by their ambitious dreams of masterhood and their stubborn resistance to change.