The way his face twisted was its own kind of victory

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To everyone else, Callum Harker was Sir. Governor. Boss. Even Kate thought of him as Harker, though she made an effort to call him Dad. The way his face twisted—discomfort? disdain? dismay?—was its own kind of victory.

Source: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Context: Callum Harker is Kate's father. He is a cruel man, the ruler of a certain territory, .

Does "The way his face twisted was its own kind of victory" suggest : Harker doesn't like that Kate calls him Dad, so when she does that, he would twist his face. And Kate regards this as some kind of victory? Is this interpretation correct?

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    I think you're right. It pains him to be called Dad, and for Kate, causing that pain is a small victory over him.
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