Dunstan's mother, Mrs. Thorn, seems to want the best for her son, so when Mrs. Hempstock comes around saying that Daisy is pining away for him, Mrs. Thorn collaborates on a plan to get the two kids married as quickly as possible. She and her husband have apparently been concerned about Dunstan too, saying, "'He's been mooning. That's the only word for it. His work isn't getting done. Thorney was saying that he needs some settling down, that boy'" (1.214). Apparently the best way to settle someone is to get them married and give them sheep to look out for, since mother knows best.