Mrs. Webb is Emily and Wally’s mother. She is described as "a thin, serious, crisp woman." Her character doesn’t have a particular amount of depth (although we do learn that she prefers her kids healthy rather than smart) which renders her a kind of Every Mom or Any Mom. It’s clear that she loves her children, but like many mothers over the centuries, Mrs. Webb is busy. When Emily revisits her twelfth birthday, her appeals to Mrs. Webb are touching as the appeals of a daughter to a mother.