Little Women makes use of this role more strongly than many other novels. Mrs. March, or "Marmee" as her daughters like to call her, doesn't have much personality of her own. Instead, she's a maternal oracle, a fountain of wisdom, comfort, and stability. Even after Meg leaves home, she goes back to her mother for advice about housekeeping and marriage. It's Marmee who points out the moral lessons behind her daughters' everyday experiences, and it's Marmee who convinces them to treat their lives like metaphorical extensions of the Pilgrim's Progress.