It is possible for a woman to fulfil a bond and yet not be a bondswoman.
In commemoration of the sacrifice by Abraham, according to the Koran, of Ishmael, child of his bondswoman.
Still the laws of the Republic made woman practically the bondswoman of man.
In the preface to The Bondswoman's Son he confesses that he has sometimes wondered if he has incarnated different personalities.
A penance of seven years was imposed for perjury, with the additional penalty of setting free a bondsman or bondswoman.