"Considering the mental anguish incurred due to external influence, as your employer, I should provide entertainment as compensation. And, after careful consideration, I'd like to propose a trip to The Yellow Flag tonight to drink away our pain. This one's on me, of course."
— Dutch, Black Lagoon, "Ring Ding Ship Chase"
"Unlike your current employer, I protect those who work for me. I don't abuse them to satisfy royal whims, or force them to abuse each other. [...] Littlefinger looks at you and sees a collection of profitable holes. I see a potential partner."
"Hear me out. You earn fifteen hundred francs a year, which is the stipend of a fine, brave army officer who risks his life every day. You enjoy meals that many a head clerk, a poor slave who is far busier than you, would envy. Though a servant, you yourself have servants who take care of your laundry and your belongings. Over and above your fifteen hundred francs in wages, you are taking a cut on the toiletries and similar purchases you make for me, and stealing nearly an additional fifteen hundred francs every year."
"I am not complaining, Monsieur Baptistin, it's a reasonable amount. However, I wish it to stop forthwith. Nowhere will you find a position comparable to the one that good fortune has gotten you here. I never beat my servants, I never swear, I never lose my temper, I always forgive a fault, but never negligence or forgetfulness. My orders are usually brief, but clear and precise: I prefer to repeat them twice or even three times, rather than for them to be carried out incorrectly. I am rich enough to know everything that I wish to know and- be warned- I am very curious. So if I were ever to learn that you had spoken either good or ill of me, that you had commented on my actions or watched over what I do, you would leave my house immediately. I never give my servants more than one warning. You have had yours. You may go!"
—The Count of Monte Cristo (Robin Buss translation)