Muehl was of course the authority figure, with all resultant perks.
The universe becomes a chaotic universe if you have a parent or authority figure who just punishes you totally randomly.
An elderly or sick person would be especially vulnerable to the sophisticated nudging of an authority figure like a doctor.
authority figure au·thor·i·ty figure (ə-thôr'ĭ-tē, ô-thôr'-)
A real or projected person in a position of power.