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warder

1 (feminine), wardress
Chiefly Brit an officer in charge of prisoners in a jail

warder

2
(formerly) a staff or truncheon carried by a ruler as an emblem of authority and used to signal his wishes or intentions
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LAST week in Bad Girls (ITV, 9pm), the wardress made an order to "top and tail" an inmate thought to be infested with lice.
This is thematised in Carter's novel through the resonance with Foucault's Panopticon, in which the prison wardress is no less imprisoned than the incarcerated because no less subject to observation: "In that room she'd sit all day and stare and stare and stare at her murderesses and they, in turn, sat all day and stared at her" (210).
But he saved his art not so much for the desolation he witnessed in the German courts but for the faces he found along the way, such as a wardress at Belsen, or a group of German soldiers crowded in a pine wood or a condemned man in his cell.