Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

What is this unspoken rule and how does it affect Douglass?

Douglass states of captain auld "after his conversions, he found religious sanction and support for his slaveholding cruelty." How does captain auld justify his actions as a slave holder with religious reasonings? Give examples.

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"I have said my master found religious sanction for his cruelty. As an example, I will state one of many facts going to prove the charge. I have seen him tie up a lame young woman, and whip her with a heavy cowskin upon her naked shoulders, causing the warm red blood to drip; and, in justification of the bloody deed, he would quote this passage of Scripture—"He that knoweth his master's will, and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes."

I don't know what you mean by unspoken rule?