"I don't want to play with you," she said. "I want to go home and be with my real parents. I want you to let them go. To let us all go."
The other mother shook her head, very slowly. "Sharper than a serpent's tooth," she said, "is a daughter's ingratitude." (6.80)
She said, "You know that I love you."
And, despite herself, Coraline nodded. It was true: the other mother loved her. But she loved Coraline as a miser loves money, or a dragon loves its gold. (9.7-8)
Then she hugged her mother so tightly that her arms began to ache. Her mother hugged Coraline back. (12.5)