In Chapter 1, the master is portrayed as a kind man. He provides the horses with good food and quarters, and he speaks to them kindly--as kindly as he speaks to his own children. Black Beauty's mother is his particular favorite, and he refers to her as "Pet" and provides her with carrots. He treats her so kindly that she neighs happily when she sees him and trots up to him. The master calls Black Beauty "Darkie" and gives him pieces of bread. When the master sees a plowboy named Dick throwing stones at the colts for sport, the master immediately jumps over the hedges and hits Dick in the ear. Then, the master fires Dick and tells him never to return to the farm. Old Daniel, the man who is charged with looking after the horses, is also very kind to them.