Glory is Mrs. Cullinan's cook and she is the one that fills Maya in on some of their employer's background. Glory has taken care of Cullinan for many years and simply puts up with the woman's quirks. She accepts them as normal, even the insults and attitude. Maya can't do that. When Mrs. Cullinan decides to change Maya's name, Maya determines that she will have to do something to get fired, as her Momma won't let her quit. Glory represents the older generation of African Americans and Maya as the new generation.