He knew that Major — de Coverley was his executive officer, but he did not know what that meant, and he could not decide whether in Major — de Coverley he was blessed with a lenient superior or cursed with a delinquent subordinate.
Corporal Whitcomb, an atheist, was a disgruntled subordinate who felt he could do the chaplain’s job much better than the chaplain was doing it and viewed himself, therefore, as an underprivileged victim of social inequity.
’Yes, sir,’ murmured Colonel Scheisskopf Colonel Scheisskopf wilted pathetically, and General Peckem blessed the fates that had sent him a weakling for a subordinate.
Colonel Cathcart braced himself with the knowledge that he was one of General Peckem’s favorites and took charge of the meeting, snapping his words out crisply to the attentive audience of subordinate officers with the bluff and dispassionate toughness he had picked up from General Dreedle.
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Alongside this culture, various religious cultures with their respective rights can coexist, on condition (and to the degree) that they respect the criteria of the Enlightenment culture and subordinate themselves to it. This Enlightenment culture is substantially defined by the rights to liberty.
Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) -- Christianity and the Crisis of Cultures
His subordinate stands right next to him, looking as blank-minded as ever.