While Price acknowledges that the notion of human dignity undergirds human rights law, he does not examine the status of the servile work
and squalid living conditions he describes within that body of law.
The contentious question was bridged in 1940 of whether knitting could be called servile work
and therefore was forbidden on Sundays.
When the circumference of life itself shrinks, the only remedy lies in renewing the entire culture, "enlarging the scope of life beyond the confines of merely useful servile work
, and widening the sphere of servile work
to the advantage of the liberal arts" (66).
As the protagonist-narrator himself phrases it, "I put up with tedious, servile work
without a word of protest.