| Quote #16
[hoarsely]: "Mother. I—I apologize, Mother."
Amanda struggles with doing what she believes is best for her children.
| Quote #17
[with great enthusiasm]: "Try and you will succeed! [The notion makes her breathless.] Why, you – you’re just full of natural endowments! Both of my children—they’re unusual children! Don’t you think I know it? I’m so—proud! Happy and—feel I’ve—so much to be thankful for…" (4.39, Amanda).
Amanda has a mother’s unconditional love for her children, so much so that she is unable to see anything wrong with her children.
| Quote #18
"You can’t put in a day’s work on an empty stomach. You’ve got ten minutes—don’t gulp! Drinking too-hot liquids makes cancer of the stomach…Put cream in." (4.47, Amanda).
Amanda, in her mothering, treats Tom as though he were a child.