Describe how the slave acts after Rosh's band frees him from the caravan in The Bronze Bow.  

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In Chapter 2, Ebol explains to Daniel that there is a pack train coming from Damascus with a string of slaves. He goes on to tell him that they are not take anything else besides the slave. Rosh told Ebol that the slave was a black fellow as big as an ox. Rosh's band is successful in capturing the slave from the caravan, and Daniel walks the massive slave by his chains up the mountain. When they return to the cave, the men in Rosh's band name the slave Samson because of his enormous size and strength. Rosh gives Daniel the directive to free Samson from his chains, and Daniel mentions that the slave's manacles are twice as thick as typical ones. Daniel works throughout the night painstakingly filing the manacles. Daniel finds himself talking to Samson, but he is sure that Samson does not comprehend what he's saying.

Once Daniel frees Samson, Samson crouches on his knees and puts his forehead against Daniel's feet as a sign of submissive. Samson follows Daniel everywhere, and even sleeps at his feet. In Chapter 3, Daniel explains that Samson works tirelessly kneading the bellows and that the camp has twice as much water because Samson hauls massive amounts from the spring. Samson does not behave or act like he is free. The men in cave often ask Daniel if they can use Samson in order to complete difficult tasks that require a lot of strength. With Samson's help the camp thrives, but the rest of the men still view him with contempt and make fun of him. Samson neglects Rosh's directives and only listens to Daniel after he is freed.

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