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Slave Paces

Here are relevant references from the Books where Slave Paces are mentioned.
I make no pronouncements on these matters, but report them as I find them.
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"Stand!" said the merchant. "Head back! Hands behind head! Bend backwards! Farther! Farther!" He turned to us. "Acceptable," he said. Then to the girl he issued orders, rapidly, harshly. I watched, with interest, as the girl, tears in her eyes, responded to his swiftly issued, abrupt commands. For more than four Ehn he put her through a swift, staccato regimen of movement, a set of slave paces, assessment paces, designed to exhibit, vulnerably, decisively and publicly, her beauty, in all of it major attitudes and positions. "Hands on hips! Be insolent! Hands behind back! Hands crossed before you, as though bound! Hands at throat, as though chained to collar, fingers before mouth! Fall to the floor! Kneel! Head down! Head up! Bend backwards! Farther! Roll to the floor, on your side, on your back, right leg high, now flexed, left leg high, now flexed, to your side, right leg extended, palms on floor, left leg extended, palms on floor! Appear angry! Appear frightened! Appear aroused! Smile!" He did this with the same swift, expert objectivity, and clinical detachment, that physician might bring to a routine medical examination; this examination, of course, was a beauty examination, assessing the desirability of a female slave. The whip cracked again. She cried out in misery, shuddering.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Pages 155 - 156

I fell upon my belly at his feet, awaiting his commands. I looked up, terrified, afraid that he might strike me with the whip. I lay there for a long moment. He did not strike me. The crowd was amused at my terror. "You will be prompt, obedient and beautiful, 128," said the auctioneer to me, softly. "Yes, Master," I said. Then, suddenly, snapping the whip, he said, harshly, "On your back, one knee lifted, the other leg extended, hands over your head, wrists close, as though confined in slave bracelets." I complied. Then he began to put me rapidly through the paces of the exhibited female slave; he held me in each position for the sweet instant that well revealed me, tantalizingly, in that attitude or posture, and then barked forth a new command, to a new position or attitude; the sequence of these moves was not an accident; each move followed easily, sometimes by a roll or turn, from the preceding position; shrewd rhythm and flow, calculated and sensual, physically melodious, characterized the performance humiliatingly inflicted upon me; I must submit to the choreography of slave display; I, who had been Judy Thornton, a girl of Earth, was put through Gorean slave paces; then I lay on my belly at his feet, as I had begun; I was trembling; I was covered with sweat; my hair was loose about my head and eyes; I felt the auctioneer's foot upon my body; I put my head to the block.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 288

"Kneel in the circle, Slave," said the man at the table. The fellow who had opened the door stood to one side. A coiled, rawhide rope, on a clip, hung from his belt. I went to the circle and knelt in its center, on the cement. The man with the rope entered the circle and loosed the rope from his belt. He tied it about my neck. The knot was at the side, under my left ear. He backed away, giving me some five feet of slack. The remainder of the rope he held, in long, loose loops, in his right hand. I knew it would serve to whip me, if necessary.
I would be put through slave paces.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 426

I sat back on the long wooden bench. It was some eight inches in width. It was set against the side of the tunnel. It ran almost the length of the tunnel. I pulled the wide bands of green silk about me, more closely. They would resemble, initially, a gown, but they were not truly a gown. They would be unlooped and lifted away, bit by bit, beginning about the head and the feet, gradually, cunningly, revealing me. Toward the end I would be spun almost free of them and then, in the end I would be ordered, exposed save for the final silk, concealing my breasts and thighs, to lie supine at the auctioneer's feet. He would then stand over me, the two bands extending from me, ribbonlike, in his grasp, taking more bids. When the crowd, fierce in its impatience, demanded it, he would, shrugging, roll me free of them, in two turns, I finishing, lying on my back again, knee lifted, hands over and behind my head, the backs of my hands on the block, the palms exposed, like the rest of me, helplessly. I would lie there, a resigned slave girl, awaiting her rape-taming. Presumably the bids then would much increase, I was to follow the commands of the auctioneer from that point. Presumably he would order me to my feet and, sensing the crowd, playing it with skill, put me through what slave paces seemed suitable.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 429

The girl cried out, startled, being ruthlessly appraised. Then she writhed on the platform, obedient to the touch of the masters.
"Look!" said the dark-haired girl.
The other three girls then looked too, in horror and fascination.
They saw the beauty being swiftly put through slave paces.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 67

"He might be permitted to feel her a bit," I said. "A great deal can be told by simply getting your hands on the girl," I said. "What does her arm feel like above the elbow? How does she turn when you take her by the shoulders and face her away from you? What of the delights of her thigh, the sweetness behind her knees, the turn of her calves? You lift a foot. Does she have a high instep? A girl with a high instep is often a fine dancer. You turn her again to face you. The eyes are very important. Much can be learned there of her intelligence. You kiss her breasts softly, you brush her lips with yours. You study her eyes, her expressions. Then, unexpectedly perhaps, or perhaps first warning her, you touch her. Again attend to the eyes. You continue to touch her. You watch the eyes. Then she screams for mercy, writhing in her chains or in the grasp of the slaver, his hand in her hair. You then know about all you can, without putting her through slave paces or forcing her to perform on the furs."
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 241

"On the block, of course," I said, "the girl is under the control of the auctioneer, who functions as her master while she is being sold. He will often exhibit her skillfully. A good auctioneer is very valuable to a slaver's house. He will guide her with his voice, and touches, or strokes, of his whip. He may put her through slave paces on the block, forcing her to assume postures and attitudes. If she is a dancer, she may be forced to dance. She may be, if he sees fit, publicly caressed on the block."
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 244

"Down, Wench, and kiss the whip!" ordered the auctioneer. The girl knelt and kissed the whip. There was more laughter. He then began to put her through slave paces.
Rogue of Gor     Book 15     Page 80

By now the red-haired beauty had been put through several slave paces, such as were feasible for her, her hands bound with the cord behind her back. She now, trembling, lay on her belly, licking and kissing at the auctioneer's kaiila boots.
Savages of Gor     Book 17     Page 123

I watched her naked on the block, under the tutelage of a whip-carrying trainer. It was small, rounded room, with mirrors. He was putting her through slave paces.
Kajira of Gor     Book 19     Page 143

"Sometimes one tries different things," she said, "for example, about or on the furniture, on the floor, about their bodies, at their feet, on your back, on your belly, hoping to find something that they will respond to. Sometimes they give you explicit instructions or commands, as when a woman is put through slave paces. Sometimes they guide you, or help you, sometimes by the whip, sometimes by expressions or cries.
Kajira of Gor     Book 19     Page 160

I performed then before the floor manager's aide, totally a slave. In short, I put myself through slave paces before him, presenting myself as a total female for his interest and consideration.
Kajira of Gor     Book 19     Page 300

Suppose he had put me through detailed and methodical slave paces, or had had me bring him the whip in my teeth!
Kajira of Gor     Book 19     Page 443

He had used her twice in the evening, after putting her through intricate slave paces each time.
Players of Gor     Book 20     Page 35

On it she had, at my direction, assumed slave poses, and had been put various times, through intricate slave paces.
Players of Gor     Book 20     Page 379

"If it is of interest to you," he said, "I did not simply buy you. Although your mother was a free woman I had her strip, and then put her through slave paces. I would attempt to assess the possibilities of the daughter by seeing the mother, by seeing her naked and performing, attempting desperately to please.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 303

Then, in the privacy of his office, as he observes, you strip yourself. You do this as gracefully and as well as you can, without training. You reveal yourself to him completely. You are absolutely naked. He will presumably put you through some simple slave paces, forming some conception of your capacity to move well before men. In the process of this, you are, of course, being assessed. You then, when permitted, kneel. You then humbly beg his permission to bind yourself into slavery before him, thereby making yourself a slave, and, in the context, submitting yourself to him as your first master. You keep your head down, and await his decision.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 417

The auctioneer cracked his whip.
I looked up at him, from the sawdust. I was to be put through slave paces.
. . .
I had performed the transition between two of the moves in the slave paces with the startling, sensuous agility of a dancer.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Pages 132 - 133

"Beneath the terror," he said, "I saw the beauty, and the slave."
I did not speak.
"I saw, too," he said, "the dancer, particularly in your transitions between the attitudes commanded of you in the slave paces.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 146

"That seems a high bid," he said. "Perhaps it was the bid of someone new to the markets, perhaps one who had not seen many women vended, who did not realize how beautiful any woman is when she is put through merciless slave paces."
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 152

Sometimes this occurs in heated discussions of the relative merits of different masters' girls, and the girls are ordered to disrobe on the spot, sometimes then being put through slave paces, there, on the very tiles of the squares and plazas, the matter being left to the acclamations or votes of the spectators, and woe to the girl who comes out second best in such a contest!
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 163

"Belly," he said.
She slipped to her belly on the deck, her hands up, beneath her shoulders. She lifted herself a little from the deck, lifting her head, still half concealed in hood, to Calliodorus and Aemilianus. Her lips were lovely, and trembling.
"Go to your back," said Calliodorus.
She lay on her back.
Suddenly she lifted one knee, and pointed her toes. She had realized then, suddenly, that something was being done to her analogous, in its small way, to putting a girl through slave paces.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 364

She may then turn and move before him, modeling the new ensemble, assuming poses, being put through slave paces in it, whatever he chooses, as he is master.
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 460

she had been put through fierce, severe, uncompromising slave paces.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 35

"Surely she could be put through slave paces, and made to perform, under a whip," she said.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 157

Once she asked me, "What are slave paces?"
"They are movements, attitudes, positions, poses, and such," I said. "designed to display a slave."
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 331

You should see how some of them lead naked, painted, bejeweled slaves about on leashes, put them through slave paces publicly, make them dance in the open for tarsk-bits, put them up as stakes in the dicing halls, and marketplaces, and such.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 154

Certainly she feared to assume the provocative posture of a kneeling female, particularly one spread-kneed, with its devastatingly shocking acknowledgment of surrender, helplessness, bondage, and submission, and she feared, too, to lie down, facing forward, covering herself, for some might look upon her face, and see her fear, or, in puzzlement, or amusement, order her to reveal herself, even if they did not put her through slave paces, commanding her to perform on the shelf.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 209

"Put me through slave paces, Master," called Emris. "Let me exhibit a slave before you!"
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 242

"I am going to put this one through slave paces," said the man who was near Lydia.
He then began to issue a set of rapid commands to Lydia, almost as quickly as the trainers in the house had accustomed Ellen to respond. Lydia complied as well as she could, chained, and on cement. Slave paces are much more easily performed on a smooth surface, or on furs at the foot of a master's couch, such places. Sometimes they are performed on a rug, say, a Tahari rug, before the master who, seated, observes, or perhaps in the center of such a rug, for the interest of the master's encircling guests. In such cases, often the paces are not called, but performed silently, save perhaps for small gasps and moans, by the slave.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 248

"You are crying," said Ellen. "What is wrong?"
"She was put through slave paces, and not purchased," said Emris.
"She was found wanting," said Cichek.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 251

"Ellen," said Selius Arconious, chewing on a straw, leaning against the jamb of the great portal, leading to the platform outside, "remove your tunic, to the floor, slave paces."
"Yes, Master!" said Ellen, delightedly.
She put down her basket, heavy with layers of meat, and quickly, laughing, slipped the brief brown tunic over her head, it was all she wore save her slave collar, and went immediately to the floor, and, half kneeling, half lying, the palms of her hands on the floor, looked up at Arconious, expectantly, eager, a slave, awaiting his commands. Sometimes the slave is instructed, even commanded, to the snapping of a whip, but at other times she is permitted to display herself, as it moves her to do so. The ingenuity of the human female in such matters is well known. Most important is that she knows herself a property, and an attractive one. Then she enthusiastically and provocatively displays, with skills that might be the envy of a dancer, sometimes with seeming shyness, timidity, reluctance or fear, the well-curved, delectable merchandise which is herself. She presents herself, as goods, to her best advantage. It is in her best interest, of course, to be as beautiful and stimulating as she can. She desires, in her wonderful vanity, to be so, as all hormonally sufficient women desire to be attractive to men, though some might fear this feeling and be terrified to recognize its obvious, deeper meaning, but, even if she did not, she is subject to discipline. There is always the whip, the switch, the discipline of food, the discipline of blindfolds, gags, ropes and chains. When the slave is commanded, the slave obeys. There is nothing unusual, untoward or surprising in this. She is a slave.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 294

When a woman is put through slave paces she is not unoften on a leash.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 148

Many are the suitable posings of the female slave. Indeed when a woman is put through slave paces, whether leashed or not, what is this but an exhibition, a detailed and sometimes tormentingly lovely display of property?
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 263

"Do you not know how to make a man want you?" I asked.
"No!" she said.
"I am considering putting you through slave paces," I said.
"I do not know such things," she said. "I have not been trained!"
"But you are a slave," I said.
"Yes, yes," she said, "I am a slave!"
I suspected she would respond well, and more quickly than most, to male dominance.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 86

Several of the slaves were standing, in examination position, legs widely spread, hands behind the back of their neck, or head. Others had been placed in the slave bow. Others, on their chains, were to react, as though struck, given a clap of hands. Some did so in terror. I gathered they had actually felt the whip. Others, to the rhythmic motion of a hand, writhed in their chains. Others endeavored to please the men, being put though slave paces.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 333

"Show him something," said Menon.
"Master?" I said.
"As in slave paces," said Menon, "posings, stretchings, curlings, liftings, twistings, floor movements, such things."
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 163

Ruffio turned to the kneeling, frightened Talena.

Then, without warning, he said, sharply, "Bara!"

Instantly Talena, flung herself to her belly, with her wrists crossed behind her, her ankles crossed, and her head turned to the left.

He then, mercilessly, rapidly, uttered a series of sharp commands, "Lesha!" "Inspection!" "First Obeisance!" "Second Obeisance!" "Tower!" "Bracelets!" "Sula!" "Nadu!" and others, to each of which the slave responded, without thought, instantly, reflexively, beautifully, at the conclusion of which she collapsed at his feet.
Utterances of approval coursed amongst the men in the tent.

How well she had done, I thought, but, of course, one could always demand better.

It pleased me that the slave was learning her collar, and I was pleased, as well, that the particular collar on her neck was mine.

"There!" said Ruffio. "See! Now, what if, in Jad, one should, unexpectedly, taking her unawares, utter such a command? She would respond instantly, without thinking, as trained to do, and would ruin your game, betraying her condition, that of slave."
Warriors of Gor     Book 37     Page 566

Ruffio turned to the kneeling, frightened Talena.

Then, without warning, he said, sharply, "Bara!"

Instantly Talena, flung herself to her belly, with her wrists crossed behind her, her ankles crossed, and her head turned to the left.

He then, mercilessly, rapidly, uttered a series of sharp commands, "Lesha!" "Inspection!" "First Obeisance!" "Second Obeisance!" "Tower!" "Bracelets!" "Sula!" "Nadu!" and others, to each of which the slave responded, without thought, instantly, reflexively, beautifully, at the conclusion of which she collapsed at his feet.
Warriors of Gor     Book 37     Page 566


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