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Definitionrelating to a mother; or characteristic of parents — such as to care for and help to develop
- Taking a handful of these, she arranged them along the lines of the scarlet letter that decorated the maternal bosom, to which the burrs, as their nature was, tenaciously adhered.Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (50% in)
- To say the truth, there was much need of professional assistance, not merely for Hester herself, but still more urgently for the child—who, drawing its sustenance from the maternal bosom, seemed to have drank in with it all the turmoil, the anguish and despair, which pervaded the mother's system.Chapter 4 -- The Interview (6% in)
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