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Simon Legree

Any boss or enforcer of work who is mercilessly strict and demanding. A reference to the a cruel and vicious slave owner in the Harriet Beecher Stowe novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. He seemed like a nice guy when I first met him, but the new foreman turned out to be a real 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 Uncle Tom's Cabin, the most brutal of the slave owners, Simon Legree, hails from Vermont, as does Augustine St.
In handling their slaves, plantation mistresses could be as mean-spirited as the most vicious Simon Legree. That toughness in Southern women, as mentioned above, could devolve into outright sadism, utter indifference to slaves as human beings.
Legree being the obvious exception, essentially the devil incarnate),
Given that some studies have shown that aging might strengthen the sensory-cognitive link (e.g., Baltes & Lindenberger, 1997; Lindenberger & Baltes, 1994; Salthouse et al., 1996) and that other studies (e.g., Deary, Egan, Gibson, Austin, Brand, & Kellaghan, 1996; Detterman & Daniel, 1989; Legree, Pifer, & Grafton, 1996) have reported findings supporting Spearman's dedifferentiation hypothesis (i.e., ability structure tends to be more correlated at the low ability level), we further analyzed the links between g and the sensory measures with respect to age and ability level.
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These include tacit knowledge (Polanyi, 1946, 1976; Wagner, 1987; Wagner & Sternberg, 1985, 1987), social intelligence (Barnes & Sternberg, 1989; Chapin, 1939; Horpfner & O'Sullivan 1968; Keating, 1978; Legree, 1995; Marlow, 1986; Wagner & Sternberg, 1987; Walker & Folley, 1973), emotional intelligence (Salovey & Mayer, 1990; Mayer & Salovey, 1993), interpersonal intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence (Gardner, 1983), common sense (Sternberg, Wagner, Williams & Horvath, 1995) and practical intelligence (Barnes & Sternberg, 1983; Ford & Miura, 1986; Walker & Foley, 1973).
Robert Bruhaker was a strong vocal presence as Mao and Richard Paul Fink, as Kissinger, brought some real terpsichorean flair to his Simon Legree role in the "Red Detachment of Women" ballet.
Or Legree!--Slavery from the master's point of view?
Dixon intended to refute Stowe's novel by turning Simon Legree into a carpetbagger and defending the honor of the South, but many (though not all) reviewers saw his book as a superior successor to Stowe's.
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By the end of the novel, his confrontation with Legree asserted Tom's humanity with particular intensity.
Much of the novel and play deal with the effects of slavery on both the blacks and whites, but the main plot concerns Tom's being sold to the stern and cruel master, Simon Legree, and Little Eva's love for him.