He manipulated the Black God like a puppet and quietly ran the vamps Jonny wasn't yet capable of managing.
As for trusting Claire, there were still days Darian wasn't certain her father wasn't still trying to be the puppet master.
"Puppet master," she replied.
She was as fond of acting as Goethe, and like him began with a puppet stage, succeeded by amateur theatricals, the chief entertainment provided for her guests at Nohant.
He had become a puppet in the hands of his cousin Bessus and the Persian magnates with him (see Darius and at this extremity they stabbed him and allowed Alexander to become master only of his corpse (summer 330).