Fighting Slave of Gor [Gor Series Book 14] [MultiFormat]
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eBook by John Norman
eBook Category: Fantasy
eBook Description: Emotionally lost, Jason Marshall finds himself thrust into a lengthy struggle to save his beloved from slavery on an Earthlike world called Gor. Kidnapped and helpless, Jason begins a life on Gor as a slave and becomes a prominent warrior. He must battle his way to freedom, if only to liberate his love from the clutches of the alien slave emporium. Will Jason overcome the numerous obstacles he encounters? Will he ever reunite with the girl he loves? Can he survive the trials and tribulations he must endure on Gor? Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the first book of the Gorean Saga, TARNSMAN OF GOR, E-Reads is proud to release the very first complete publication of all Gor books by John Norman, in both print and ebook editions, including the long-awaited 26th novel in the saga, WITNESS OF GOR. Many of the original Gor books have been out of print for years, but their popularity has endured. Each book of this release has been specially edited by the author and is a definitive text.
eBook Publisher: E-Reads, Published: e-reads, 2001
Fictionwise Release Date: September 2002
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THE RESTAURANT; THE CAB
"May I speak to you intimately, Jason?" she asked.
"Of course, Beverly," I said.
We sat at a small table, in a corner booth. The small restaurant is located on 128th Street. A candle burned on the table, set in a small container. The linen was white, the silver soft and lustrous in the candlelight.
She seemed distracted.
I had never seen her like this. Normally she was intellectual, prim, collected and cool.
She looked at me.
We were not really close friends. We were more in the nature of acquaintances. I did not understand why she had asked me to meet her at the restaurant.
"It was kind of you to come," she said.
"I was pleased to do so," I said.
Beverly Henderson was twenty-two years old and a graduate student in English literature at one of the major universities in the New York City area. I, too, was a student at the same university, though pursuing doctoral studies in classics, my specialty being Greek historians. Beverly was a small, exquisitely breasted, lovely ankled, sweetly hipped young woman. She did not fit in well with the large, straight-hipped females who figured prominently in her department. She did her best, however, to conform to the standards in deportment, dress and assertiveness expected of her. She had adopted the clichés and severe mien expected of her by her peers, but I do not think they ever truly accepted her. She was not, really, of their kind. They could tell this. I looked at Beverly. She had extremely dark hair, almost black. It was drawn back severely on her head, and fastened in a bun. She was lightly complexioned, and had dark brown eyes. She was something in the neighborhood of five feet in height and weighed in the neighborhood of ninety-five pounds. My name is Jason Marshall. I have brown hair and brown eyes, am fairly complexioned, am six feet one inch in height, and weigh, I conjecture, about one hundred and ninety pounds. At the time of our meeting I was twenty-five years old.
I reached out to touch her hand.
She had asked if she might speak to me intimately. Though I appeared calm, my heart was beating rapidly. Could she have detected the feelings I had felt towards her in these past months since I had come to learn of her existence? I found her one of the most exciting women I had ever seen. It is difficult to explain these things. It is not, however, that she was merely extremely attractive. It had rather to do, I think, with some latency of hers that I could not fully understand. Many were the times when I had dreamt of her naked in my arms, sometimes, oddly enough, in a steel collar. I forced such thoughts from my mind. I had, of course, many times asked her to accompany me to plays, or lectures or concerts, or to have dinner with me, but she had always refused. It did not seem, however, that I was unique in collecting this disappointing parcel of rejections. Many men, it seemed, had had as little luck as I with the young, lovely Miss Henderson. As far as I could tell she seldom dated. I had seen her once or twice about the campus, however, with what I supposed might be male friends. They seemed inoffensive and harmless enough. Their opinions, I suppose, conformed to the correct views. She would have little to fear from them, save perhaps boredom. Then, this evening, she had called me on the telephone, asking me to meet her at this restaurant. She had not explained. She had said only that she had wanted to talk with me. Puzzled, I had taken a subway to the restaurant. I would take her home, of course, in a cab.
She had asked if she might speak to me intimately. I touched her hand.
She drew her hand back. "Do not do that," she said.
"I'm sorry," I said.
"I don't like that sort of thing," she said.
"I'm sorry," I said.
I was irritated. But I was now more puzzled than ever.
"Do not try to be masculine with me," she said. "I am a woman."
"Did that come out right?" I asked, smiling.
"I mean 'I am a person'," she said. "I have a mind. I am not a sex object, not a thing, a toy, a bauble."
"I'm sure you have a mind," I said. "If you didn't, you would be in a very serious condition."
"Men do not value women except for their bodies."
"I did not know that," I said. "That sounds like something that would be said only by a woman whom it would be very difficult to value for her body."
"I do not like men," she said. "And I do not even like myself."
"I do not understand the purport of this conversation," I said.
In so brief a compass it seemed to me that she had touched on two of the major ambiguities afflicting the politics she espoused. First there was the insistence on womanhood coupled simultaneously with the suppression of womanhood, exalting the neuteristic, sexless ideal of the person. One must be insistent on being a woman, rhetorically, and yet the last thing one must be is honest to one's womanhood. The ideal of the person was the antithesis to honest sexuality, a device to inhibit and reduce, if not destroy, it. It was, of course, a useful instrumentality to certain types of women in the pursuit of their political ambitions. In a sense I thought this wise on their part. They had the good sense to recognize that the sexuality of human beings, and love, was the major obstacle to the success of their programs. The desire of women to find love might yet prove fatal to their designs. The second major ambiguity in the politics involved was the paradoxical combination of hostility toward men coupled with envy of men. Most briefly put, on the level of primitive simplicity, such women hated men and yet wished to be men. They hated men because they were not men. A natural consequence of this, of course, was that they, unhappy with themselves, felt hostility toward themselves as well. The answer to this latter difficulty might be a simple one, namely, to accept what one is, in its fullness and depth, for the man to accept manhood, and the woman womanhood, whatever it might involve.
"The sexes are identical," she said.
"I did not know that," I said.
"I am just the same as you," she said.
"I see no point in entering into an argument on this issue," I said. "What would you accept as counterevidence?"
"Some unimportant, minor differences in anatomical details are all that divide us," she said.
"What of ten thousand generations of animal ancestry and evolution, of the genetic dispositions in billions of cells, not one of which is the same in your body as in mine?"
"Are you a sexist?" she asked.
"Perhaps," I said. "I do not know. What is a sexist?"
"A sexist is a sexist," she said.
"That is a logical truth," I said. "An apple is an apple. The argument is not much advanced."
"The concept is vague," she said.
"There is little if any concept involved," I said. "The expression is a 'signal word,' a word selected for its emotive connotation, not its cognitive meaning. It is to be used as a slander tool to discourage questioning and enforce verbal agreement. Similar expressions, once meaningful, now largely of value as rhetorical devices are 'chauvinist', 'sex object', 'person', 'conservative' and 'liberal'. One of the great utilities of these words, long since evacuated of most of their cognitive content, is that they make thought unnecessary. It is little wonder men value them so highly."
"I do not believe you," she said. "You may not share my values."
"Does that disturb you?" I asked.
"No," she said, quickly, "of course not!"
I was growing angry. I slipped from the booth.
"No," she said, "please do not go!" She reached forth and took my hand. Then, swiftly, she released it "Forgive me," she said, "I did not mean to be feminine."
"Very well," I said, irritably.
"Please, don't leave," she said. "I do wish, desperately, to talk to you, Jason."
I sat down. We scarcely knew one another, and yet she had used my first name. I suppose I was weak. I felt mollified. Too, I was curious. Too, she was beautiful.
"Thank you, Jason," she said.
I was startled. She had thanked me. I had not expected that. I felt then that perhaps, truly, she did wish to speak with me, though for what reason I could not conjecture. Surely our politics were insufficiently congruent, as she must now understand, to motivate any expectation on her part that I would supply much positive reinforcement for her own views.
"Why do you wish to speak to me?" I asked. "Before you scarcely passed the time of day with me."
"There are reasons," she said.
"Before you would not speak with me," I said.
"You frightened me, Jason," she said.
"How?" I said.
"There was something about you," she said. "I do not know really what it was. There is a kind of power or masculinity about you." She looked up, quickly. "I find it offensive, you understand."
"All right," I said.
"But it made me feel feminine, weak. I do not wish to be feminine. I do not wish to be weak."
"I'm sorry if I said or did anything to alarm you," I said.
"It was nothing you said or did," she said. "It was rather something which I sensed you were."
"What?" I asked.
"Different from the others," she said.
"What?" I asked.
"A man," she said.
"That is silly," I said. "You must know hundreds of men."