Take Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) for example. No, She was not a Dominatrix and yet She had more power than all modern-day Mistresses combined. She was intelligent, strong willed, open to debate, but unforgiving and ruthless to anyone who stood in Her way. As a Swiss visitor observed: “they [the English people] love their Queen, but fear her mightily”. Anyway, one day the earl of Oxford broke wind as he bowed down in front of Her. Mortified, he fled the court immediately and did not return for seven years! Seven years of shame, of self-abuse, of embarrassment. But finally, after seven long years, he was ready to face Her again. As he entered the court, the Queen greeted him cheerfully with the words: “My lord, I had forgotten the fart.” True story. A good sense of humour is an invaluable ingredient between Mistress and slave. Without it, it’s just a grim, desolate and uninhabitable relationship.