Assailed by rude remarks, Calcaterra replied weakly, with buckets of ad hominem snark — “Your avatar is literally a distortion of the American flag designed to make a political point,” he told one detractor — and a very left-wing mix of defiance and cowering. In one post, he bragged about seeking protection behind the skirts of the nearest mommy figure, the Twitter standards police. “You know stuff is lit if even Twitter thinks people stepped out of line,” he wrote , p asting in triumph a copy of a note from Twitter apparently granting his request to sanction someone for being mean to him. Here at last Calcaterra brings to mind, if not Orwell himself, at least an Orwell character, from the boarding-school essay, “Such, Such Were the Joys.” She is “the grim statuesque matron, Daphne by name,” who rousted the surprised boy from bed, screaming, “Report yourself to the headmaster after breakfast!”
To Americans, while “slave” was both a common descriptive word and an epithet, “hireling” — especially in contexts of poetry and literature — ordinarily carried derogatory connotations. It meant someone such as a soldier, official, or laborer who served for money rather than from some more durable loyalty such as to family or nation. Yet another Robert Burns song, “Parcel of Rogues,” describes Scotland as having been sold out for “hireling traitor’s wages.” “Hireling and slave” is not an accidental pairing; the two words often occurred together as epithets.
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