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Glory Over Everything
Glory Over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House | Kathleen Grissom
The author of the New York Times bestseller and beloved book club favorite The Kitchen House continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oakes, whose deadly secret compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.Published in 2010, The Kitchen House became a grassroots bestseller. Fans connected so deeply to the book’s characters that the author, Kathleen Grissom, found herself being asked over and over “what happens next?” The wait is finally over. This new, stand-alone novel opens in 1830, and Jamie, who fled from the Virginian plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. After many years of striving, Jamie has achieved acclaim and security, only to discover that his aristocratic lover Caroline is pregnant. Before he can reveal his real identity to her, he learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South. Pan’s father, to whom Jamie owes a great debt, pleads for Jamie’s help, and Jamie agrees, knowing the journey will take him perilously close to Tall Oakes and the ruthless slave hunter who is still searching for him. Meanwhile, Caroline’s father learns and exposes Jamie’s secret, and Jamie loses his home, his business, and finally Caroline. Heartbroken and with nothing to lose, Jamie embarks on a trip to a North Carolina plantation where Pan is being held with a former Tall Oakes slave named Sukey, who is intent on getting Pan to the Underground Railroad. Soon the three of them are running through the Great Dismal Swamp, the notoriously deadly hiding place for escaped slaves. Though they have help from those in the Underground Railroad, not all of them will make it out alive.
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LeafingThroughLife
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LeafingThroughLife
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A little bit of a wider angle of my “book fort” which in actuality is my plunder from the first friends of the library book sale of the year. I always make out great at this one, and this year is no different. Sure, I‘ll need a few lifetimes to read the books I already have on my shelves, but why should that stop me from getting more? 🤣

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This historical fiction was extremely readable. The writing kept me interested and moving in the book. It was a story about race and family in the us before the civil war.

Kaye Is this a part two of another book ? Wondering if you have to read them in order. 5mo
BookaholicNatty @kaye the first book is called The Kitchen House and I would definitely recommend reading that one first! It‘s a wonderful wonderful book! 5mo
Kaye I‘ve heard if that but haven‘t read anything by this author. I‘ll have to check her out sometime ! 5mo
Crazeedi @kaye I read this one, very good. Haven't read the tagged one yet, I hear good things 5mo
Kaye Once I get in the mood for historical fiction I‘ll keep them in mind. I read where the winds blow I guess. 😁📚 (edited) 5mo
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melissajayne
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Reading this as my pre-#readathon book. Hadn‘t read anything for a few days so I needed to do some reading today to get myself going for tomorrow. #fridayreads

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cinann
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My book haul from the Half-Price Books warehouse sale today. To me they are all #prettybooks.

#31bookpics @howjessreads

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Nute
Mehso-so

The first book in this duology, The Kitchen House, was so good. This book felt very different from the first...the story slogged along trying to give interest to the main character who was of all things uninteresting and lukewarm. I had no heart for his romance, no care for his well-being and no concern for his loss of character. He was weak when strength was needed. He was flighty when courage was mandated. That's okay...who might not be less👇🏽

Nute than what is required in the confrontation of brutally violent times. But his reality should have given him depth of character and it did not. By the time he recovered himself, he was unlikeable. It was the secondary characters that carried the intrigue of this book. Robert, Pan, Sukey and Adelaide...once the book spent more time with them it becomes a more compelling read.👇🏽 (edited) 9mo
Nute In the last one-third of the book, the author delivers her storytelling talents, the attention to the time period and historical detail is well-researched and noted. This sequel will appeal to the readers of the first book, and endear new readers to this author. 9mo
Tamra I listened to the first and enjoyed it. I‘m also skeptical of sequels, so I‘ve hesitated. Thanks for reviewing! 9mo
Nute @Tamra There was a lot of time between the publication of these two books so much so that at first I thought it was just her second novel. I was surprised to discover that is was a sequel after all it had been six years sine The Kitchen House. Also it is probably dreadful to try to outdo a very successful first novel. That‘s why, we, as readers, gotta stand by authors like best friends. 9mo
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Nute
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Up late at night after being tired all day long. Mind boggling. Feeling like a night owl, but not willingly or effectively. Trying to reconnect to this story, but something is amiss...it feels like swimming through mud. I‘m not sure if it‘s the book or me. I can definitely say that it is not as engaging as her first novel. It doesn‘t feel as if it was an intended sequel.👇🏽

Nute More like, this setting and these folks worked the first time around so I‘ll go there again. Anyway...I‘m sticking it out because I think that I know one particular thing that is going to happen and that is enough to pull me through until the end. 9mo
megnews I definitely agree the sequel was nowhere near as amazing as Kitchen House. 9mo
MaGoose Love the bookmark. 9mo
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Briget66 What a beautiful picture!! 9mo
Nute @megnews Yes, we‘re on the same page. However, the last quarter of the book did remind me of how this author can hold you captive as she did with Kitchen House. 9mo
Nute @MaGoose I have a thing for owls.🦉 9mo
Nute @Briget66 Thank you! 9mo
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#agameoffavorites
Day 1: I like both of Kathleen Grissom's novels equally. Glory Over Everything is a sequel to The Kitchen House. I can't find the author's favorite book but some authors who have inspired her include Susan Howatch, Beryl Markham, Joan Didion, and Alice Walker.

@ErinSueG @WhiskeyMistress

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I really like The Kutchen House. Didn't realize there was a sequal. 11mo
HKGirl Check out her interview on the podcast What Should I Read Next! She listed Gap Creek by Robert Morgan, West with the Night by Beryl Markham, and Don't Let Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller as the 3 books she loves. (Though of course there's always more.) 11mo
Blueberry @HKGirl OMG, I forgot about that. You have quite the memory! 11mo
ErinSueGreads Love that podcast @HKGirl ! @Blueberry I‘ve never heard of these or your author so great choice! 11mo
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Nute
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I told you guys about my one & only reading friend outside of my book club acquaintances and social network connections. She is my co-worker who reads occasionally. I have established us as a two-member book club, because when the stars align perfectly, I buy two of the same book for us to read and discuss. This is the current selection...an author that I introduced her to several years ago & now we both enjoy. Can‘t wait to read this...TOGETHER!

CouronneDhiver 👏🏽👏🏽 11mo
Thousand-Lives Enjoy! It‘s so nice to have reader friends! 10mo
APLitlife Is this a sequel? 9mo
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ShariEstaLeando
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Sequel, but it stands alone. Gripping!

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Jessbell7164
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I just needed to follow the people I fell in love with in the Kitchen House, so therefore when your library only has large print, you get the large print. Hello old friends.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have Glory on my shelf!!! 1y
Blueberry @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It's really good. 1y
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Blueberry
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4.5 stars of 5. This sequel to The Kitchen House had me not wanting to stop reading. Somethings were a little too obviously coincidental but it didn't effect my enjoyment of this book.

LauraBeth I loved this book so much! 1y
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josie281
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To help with #MtTBR I check out audiobooks from the library of ones I am physically reading at home so I can listen at work. This has a cast audio but all narrators this far are very good. Santino Fontana is the main voice so far (Prince Hans from Frozen).
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Side note: googly eyes make me happy and my document clip looks happy too, don‘t you think? 👀

Maike My head just short circuited a little. 😂 I loved his voice in the You and Hidden Bodies audio books so it is really hilarious to learn that he was in Frozen. 1y
vkois88 This knowledge makes me want to listen to those books rather than read them lol 1y
SaturnDoo I ❤ this book😁 1y
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Happiestwhenreading
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I‘ll read anything by Kathleen Grissom! She‘s a master storyteller who gets her readers to emotionally connect with every character. GOE was just as good as her first book, The Kitchen House. The only thing bad about this book is that it had to end...

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Lea
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This is a great follow up to The Kitchen House. It was interesting, distressing and hopeful. I found the characters engaging and I was invested in their story.

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LitHousewife
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I loved The Kitchen House. I cannot explain why it took me so long to get my hands on this book. I'm looking forward to reading it, but I might need a little break from this subject matter after reading The Underground Railroad.

Josiedlove Awesome book 2y
LitHousewife @Josiedlove I got to meet the author on her first tour. She's a wonderful person. What has been my problem??? 2y
Pelican71 I loved it too @LitHousewife I'm going to buy the paperback to match my copy of The Kitchen House, which I loved as well and have read multiple times. 🤓 2y
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auntie_jenn both you and @laurabeth have posted this nearly back to back in my feed 😯 2y
LauraBeth So good! That's a sign @auntie_jenn 😀 2y
auntie_jenn @laurabeth looking up Kitchen House now... 2y
LitHousewife @LauraBeth @auntie_jenn Add The Kitchen House as well if you haven't read that one. #enablers 2y
Bakingbookworm Both books are awesome!! She's a wonderful 🇨🇦author. I like that it's a continuation of The Kitchen House. 2y
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LauraBeth
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I'm going to mention how much I love this book one last time since it's now out in paperback 😀I'm sorry that this book got lost in the shuffle last year because it's amazing! Spend the $12 💕

saresmoore I'm sold! 2y
christineandbooks Read this and her first, both wonderful. Heard her speak at our library last summer; she was a delight to listen to. 2y
minkyb Agree! 2y
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LauraBeth You won't regret it @saresmoore 😀 2y
LauraBeth @christineandbooks I've heard that she is a wonderful speaker - would love to hear her 😀 2y
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Luv2readbookz
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My attempt at a #rainbowbookstack. #riotgrams But now that I look at it, I mixed up orange and yellow. 🌈

Reviewsbylola 😍🌈😍🌈 2y
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raelaschoenherr
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A follow-up to the excellent The Kitchen House. I'd heard it wasn't quite as good but I ended up thinking it was also really good! It takes a while to get going but it's worth it. And boy, talk about a character arc! Also, the #audiobook narrator for James's POV is the guy who does the voice of Hans in Frozen...fun fact ☺

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When you live in Minnesota and it's 58 degrees in February, you take your #audiobook outside for a run around the lake! #Minneapolis

MyNamesParadise Beautiful! 2y
raelaschoenherr @MyNamesParadise Thanks! It was a gorgeous day :) 2y
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Equinm
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. This was a follow up book to The Kitchen House (which I read long enough ago to *almost* remember most of the characters). The main character was hard to like and I found myself oft becoming annoyed with his lack of strength. That being said, the story was enjoyable for fans of historical fiction.

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mjdowens Thriftbooks.com is the best❤📚 2y
Reecaspieces Pope Joan is excellent!! 2y
Copwithabook @mjdowens I didn't know about thriftbooks.com until I joined Litsy! I can't wait t😊 have a list going and ask just for books for Christmas 2y
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mjdowens 👏👏👏👏 2y
Jinjer I LOVE POPE JOAN!!!! 2y
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Equinm
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After the last two duds, I'm hoping this book brings smiles rather than eye rolls. (Five chapters in and so far it's a very engaging story). Fingers crossed 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

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Another amazing read from Kathleen Grissom. Glory Over Everything is the follow up novel to The Kitchen House, which as incredible as it sounds is the authors first novel. She's a phenomenal writer littens. Happy Friday *cheers*🍷#tgif #KathleenGrissom

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ChrisM
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I listened to this sequel to the Kitchen House & enjoyed it!! It made me want to keep driving & an audio book that does that is a winner!! It is the story of what happened to Jamie after he fled the plantation and as expected it is full of danger.

LauraBeth I ❤️ this book! 3y
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BritanyA
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Wow- loved this one so much more than the first one. How is that even possible. Loved the character development and so many new people- both that I loved and hated. Hoping for a third book from Addy's perspective- she was such a little spitfire and I loved her for it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CarrieBeckort I loved Addy too! 3y
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LauraBeth I can't be certain, but I think this line was also in The Royal We 🙀 3y
BritanyA @LauraBeth oh really??? How interesting... 🙈 3y
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I loved the Kitchen House, and was delighted to see this in the library shelf. Totally compelling story, with characters from The Kitchen House. The main characters were interesting, and human in their weaknesses. Set in Philadelphia, as well as the south, the local interest elements appealed to me.

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This has been one of my favorites so far this year. I loved the writing, the characters and the story. I felt like I was living inside the book while reading it. It also made me think a lot about the differences between the circumstances in life that are forced upon us and the circumstances that we put ourselves in based on our own choices.

R.Lyn-Romance-Reads So adorable 😻😽 3y
MrBook 😻👍🏻 3y
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moranadatter Gorgeous cat! 3y
Gezemice Love that cat abandon going on. 👍❤️ 3y
LauraBeth Thanks @MrBook, @kmdartist, @Gezemice - she's a hot mess 😺 3y
LauraBeth Thanks @RealLifeReading and @Silent_Whispers - her cute face gets her out of a lot of trouble! 3y
Bakingbookworm Loved this book and The Kitchen House. Did you read it first? I liked how GOE could be a stand alone but is also the follow up to Kitchen House. Grissom is one of my fav Canadian authors. 🇨🇦📚❤️ 3y
LauraBeth @Bakingbookworm I haven't read The Kitchen House yet. The same day I finished GOE, I drove to the bookstore and bought it though 😀 I need to bump it up in my pile of books 3y
Bakingbookworm @LauraBeth It is soooo good. I have read quite a few books from that era and that is one of my favs. Roots by Alex Haley and Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill are both excellent too (if you haven't read them yet). :) 3y
LauraBeth Thanks @Bakingbookworm! I'll check those out. I remember back in the 70s when Roots came out and my parents had the book but I haven't read it. 3y
Bakingbookworm @LauraBeth Roots is amazing. I tried to watch the miniseries after reading the book but I couldn't get through it. Book of Negroes (it goes by a different title in the US) is outstanding too (and so is its miniseries). 3y
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"I bin through enough to know you can't carry nobody's hurt. Hard enough to carry your own."
This quote is very meaningful - a reminder I really needed to hear today.

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OakCliffGirl
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And vacation starts....... NOW!! So looking forward to spending the weekend with this book. (And of course my wine)

mllemay I'm next on the waiting list for it at my library - really looking forward to it! 3y
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"...how could I blame her for an inability to love the part of me that I, too, loathed?" ?

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CarrieBeckort
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There is so much to love about this book, and so much to learn from the journey James/Jamie had to endure. You don't have to read The Kitchen House first, but you should because it was great!

3rdGradeLove Just read this one too. Really good! 3y
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"Your mother recently died?

"No, she don't die, she jus' release herself from her earthly body, jus' like she keep tellin' me she got to do. But she with me right now. We jus' can't see her."

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tinewatt
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I loved The Kichen House but was only luke warm about this one. I had real trouble with Jamie Pike as he was often weak and selfish. I'd love to read a future book about Adelaide Spencer. What a character!

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Maggie1
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I read this book several weeks ago and loved every word written. I was able to hook my husband on this book and he was up till 230 this morning reading it. My mission accomplished!

nolagirl It's been a long time since I read The Kitchen House. Will I be lost? 3y
MarianneFokas I loved it too! I hope she writes a third! 3y
Maggie1 Shawna, you will not be lost. Even though this is a sequel, it can also be read as a stand-a-lone. 3y
Maggie1 @nolagirl see above. 3y
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I didn't like this as much as Kitchen House, but that book is difficult to top. The main character James Pike is likable but rather selfish at times, which is annoying.

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Definitely a page turner...Loved the way the story was told...I felt like I was traveling with Jamie on his journey to find Pan...Definitely I could relate since I come from a town that was once of mix races & if you was light enough to pass for white that's what you did...Well written

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Josiedlove
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Perfect day for outdoor reading....Wind blowing just right & not too hot...Enjoying the sunshine...🌾🌼.

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Ahhh a perfect day to get some reading in...One happy Lady...😜

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"Art is not a competition, I said to Patricia. If you have a natural inclination for it, art is a gift that you may choose to develop or not, regardless of age."
#quickread #wouldloveatrilogy

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Pelican71
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I absolutely loved The Kitchen House and looked forward to getting to know Jamie Pyke as he lives out his life as a white man. I thoroughly enjoyed Glory Over Everything. This book can be read alone but I highly recommend its predecessor, The Kitchen House.

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"In the late afternoon, a black-edged note came from Mrs. Cardon, stating that both Caroline and the child had died."

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“There is no shame in who I am,” he said. “There is only shame in how I came to be, and that is not my burden to carry.”
So much truth in these lines!

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"When I looked up, the maid turned back from the fireplace. We stared at each other in shock. Then Delia ran from the room."

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"We all carry burdens from our past, but it is not for others to exploit them."

LitHousewife I'll be curious what you think. I loved her first book. 3y
Pelican71 @LitHousewife I absolutely loved The Kitchen House. I read it for the second time recently to reacquaint myself with Jamie (James). 3y
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"Your daddy can't help once bein' a slave. There no shame in that. There only shame in the man who use him like that."