Several parallel passages, as well as a similarity in general idea and plot, point to Cartwright's dependence on Massinger's The Bondman when writing his play about a decade later. The hero, Cratander, is a royal slave held captive, as is Pisander, by his own will; there are rebellious slaves who are antagonistic to the more peaceable designs of the heroes; both the royal slaves, Cratander and Pisander, serve a noble lady in the Platonic fashion; finally, the conduct of the bondmen in the plays is remarkably similar. The most notable of the parallel passages are the following:
The Bondman, II,iii, 89-92:
"To burne a Church or two, and dance by the light on't
Were but a May-game.
Poliphron. I haue a Father liuing,
But if the cutting of his throat could worke this,
He should excuse me."
The Royal Slave, III, iii:
Cratander, the leader of the slaves, comes to them while they are
drunk, chiding them for their crimes. The bondmen answer:
"We don't fire temples sir: we kill no father
nor mother. . . ."
The Bondman, IV, ii, 22-6:
"I long since
Expected, that the virgins, and the Matrons,
The old men striuing with their age, the Priests
Carrying the Images of their gods before 'em
Should haue met vs with Procession."
The Royal Slave, II, v:
". . . the matron and the Virgin
All mingled in a blest confusion,
Will in a solemn full procession come,
And with that great Religion bring you in."