In honor of Mother’s Day, how about a little mothering from A MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL? Although the mother in question may not be the best example.
Julia sat on the bed, rubbed what would likely show in the morning as five oval bruises, and took the tongue-lashing as her due, but all the while, she waited for Mama to pause for air. In no time, she lost count how often Mama pronounced the words “scandal,” “ruined,” “shameful,” and “utter, arrant catastrophe.”
At one point, she uttered something that sounded suspiciously like a question. “Do you realize how hard I’ve worked toward this end, only to have you throw it away?”
Julia didn’t bother with a reply. No excuse was possible, and at any rate, Mama didn’t stop long enough to allow a response.