She saw herself sink from the sublime height of motherhood
to the somber depths of unmodified slavery, the abyss of separation between her and her boy was complete.
As for Aurelia, words could never have expressed her dumb happiness when the real revelation of motherhood
was vouchsafed her.
As she took up the little live baby of Alice Clayton she dropped the dead body of her own into the empty cradle; for the wail of the living had answered the call of universal motherhood
within her wild breast which the dead could not still.
For no other reason has Anna Roylston refused blessed motherhood
asked Diana, cuddling Small Anne Cordelia with the inimitable gesture of motherhood
which always sent through Anne's heart, filled with sweet, unuttered dreams and hopes, a thrill that was half pure pleasure and half a strange, ethereal pain.