Simon Legree

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Simon Legree

(ˈsɑɪmən ləˈgri)
n. a very hard taskmaster; a hard boss. (From the name of the slave driver in Uncle Tom’s Cabin.) Ask Simon Legree if I will be able to stop work and go home for breakfast now.
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In Chapter XXXI upon finding Tom's Methodist hymnal, Legree proclaims that no "bawling, praying, singing niggers" would be tolerated on the Red River Plantation.
In contrast to the works of O'Dwyer and Legree, this study steps out of the cloister--to use Mark McGowan's phrase (8)--and tries to engage religion in a broader societal role to unpack early-twentieth century culture in a small Ontario community.
We're designed for the full spectrum of operations," said LeGree.
Upon Eva's death, Uncle Tom enters a new realm of spiritual maturity enabling him to persevere through his trial unto death at the hands of Simon Legree.
If the passive Uncle Tom turned the other cheek and was even prepared to forgive Simon Legree his sins, the free state leader's answer to the plantation aristocrats was to summon the Cromwellian doctrine of force, regicide, and no quarter.
Keith LeGree was suspended indefinitely following his arrest in March.
Both were good finishes, and the second of them was a thriller, The Tsarevich being forced past Richard Dunwoody on Roadster only in the dying strides, with Simon Legree and Another City bang there too.
Operating "in true Simon Legree fashion," according to various sources quoted here, the "notoriously harsh," "acrid martinet" took "glee .
But unscrupulous whites such as Simon Legree (Stowe's villain reappears in The Leopard's Spots as "master artificer of Reconstruction policy" [103], Wall Street millionaire, and evil industrialist) engineered policies that created interracial strife.
Excuse us for mentioning the "L" word, but unless you happen to be a modern-day Simon Legree, you probably take no pleasure in laying off an employee.
What wins cases is the dramatic contrast between the living, breathing, three-dimensional plaintiff, whose behavior and plight jurors can understand and sympathize with, and the Simon Legree who used and abused others, coldly crushing the lives of subordinates.
Arash, of Legree Avenue, Hounslow, west London, admitted two charges of false imprisonment.
Stowe's evil slaveholding character, Simon Legree, did "use up, buy more" slave bodies.
On one hand, we imagine a cruel Simon Legree whipping pale children, their skinny bodies contorted with fear and overwork.
Currans was also given (in jest) the nickname of "Old Simon Legree.