In honor of Mothers’ Day: Literary Mom Trivia
Happy Mothers’ Day!
Just for fun, I’m going to describe some literary mothers. They may not all be the best example of motherhood (although some might be). I’m going to be careful to try not to do too many spoilers (that’s always a problem with trivia). I’ll link to at least one book in which the character is featured. I plan to publish the answers on Monday. :)
Mystery Mom #1
When her boss harasses her, the young bride’s baby is dropped and dies from injuries sustained in the fall. Later, after her boss kills the widower father of another baby, she adopts it as her own. Her husband considered the baby to be inferior, and always resented him. In time, though, the boy would become a powerful member of the organization.
“Here he recounted the details of his adventure, with swelling chest and so considerable swagger that he quite impressed even his bitterest enemies, while *** fairly danced for joy and pride.”
Mystery mom #2
Although her husband has had the same job for some time, they don’t have a lot of money. She has six children, one of whom has special needs. Her oldest daughter also has a job, but it still doesn’t add up to much. She’s not happy with her husband’s boss, and lets her better half know it when he defends him.
“I wish I had him here. I’d give him a piece of my mind to feast upon, and I hope he’d have a good appetite for it.”
Mystery Mom #3
She performs charity work, while taking care of her four daughters. She’s also quite the singer, and songs fill the house in the morning. Her husband, a military chaplain, falls ill in Washington, D.C., and she has to go to visit him, leaving her children at home.
Here, she advises one of her kids:
“”That is perfectly natural, and quite harmless, if the liking does not become a passion and lead one to do foolish or unmaidenly things. Learn to know and value the praise which is worth having, and to excite the admiration of excellent people by being modest as well as pretty…”
Mystery Mom #4
Although she already had four children of her own, she welcomed the newcomer. She sheltered him and leaped to his defense when a killer came to claim him. At the Council meeting of the Free People, the killer still demanded him…but two who were not of the People spoke for him, and one paid a price for the people to accept him. She was sure he would accomplish great things, and called him Little “Frog”. She hoped he would grow up to kill the killer…
“He came naked, by night, alone and very hungry; yet he was not afraid!”
Mystery Mom #5
After her husband dies, she marries her brother-in-law. She worries, though, that her son is suffering from mental illness, and that her second marriage is stressing him further, and may be adding to his instability. He suggests she may have been involved in murdering his father…but despite what may or may not be paranoia, she does several things to try and help him. Regardless of what her guilt may have been, she cares about her son. Here, she hopes his girlfriend can bring him happiness:
“…I do wish
That your good beauties be the happy cause
Of [my son's]wildness: so shall I hope your virtues
Will bring him to his wonted way again,
To both your honours.”
Mystery Mom #6
Encountered at a sporting event, she is effusive, even to the point of being a bit of a pest. She doesn’t really respect your personal space, but is cautious before even putting her arm around you. While unfortunately not very good looking, she is sweet-tempered. She even says,
“‘Oh, ’tis love, ’tis love, that makes the world go round!”
Unfortunately, encountering her at home is quite a different story. She endorses corporal punishment for children: in fact, her own child is taken away be someone who fears for its safety.
Mystery Mom #7
She is a happily married mother of three. Although they don’t have a lot of money (despite her husband knowing about stocks and bonds), they do have a nanny and one other servant.
She does dance around the house, and brings joy to it. Still, there is a small part of her she keeps to herself.
“She was a lovely lady, with a romantic mind and such a sweet mocking mouth. Her romantic mind was like the tiny boxes, one within the other, that come from the puzzling East, however many you discover there is always one more; and her sweet mocking mouth had one kiss on it that Wendy could never get, though there it was, perfectly conspicuous in the right-hand
There you are, seven mystery mothers for Mothers’ Day. I will reveal the answers later, but for now, let me honor mothers. There are many kinds of mothers, and many child/mother relationships. They are not all good, but many are magical. It has been my opinion that, in family education, people should be told that they are ready to have children when they are ready for someone else to be more important than they are twenty-fours a day. If that sounds like a bad thing, you aren’t ready. Most mothers understand that, and many fathers as well.
I think my mother had one of the best lines. When my offspring was less than two, my Significant Other asked my mother, “When does it get easier?”
My mother replied, “I’ll let you know.”
Happy Mothers’ Day, everyone!
Tip of the day: you can share books with your mother. Just have two devices registered to the same account. They don’t both have to be Kindles: one could be a Kindle and one an iPad, or a PC or a Mac…and several other devices.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.