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- The mother's eyes are not always deceived in their partiality: she at least can best judge who is the tender, filial-hearted child.Book 2 — Old and Young (17% in)
- Very few men could have been as filial and chivalrous as he was to the mother, aunt, and sister, whose dependence on him had in many ways shaped his life rather uneasily for himself; few men who feel the pressure of small needs are so nobly resolute not to dress up their inevitably self-interested desires in a pretext of better motives.Book 2 — Old and Young (53% in)
- He was too filial to be disrespectful to his father, and he bore the thunder with the certainty that it was transient; but in the mean time it was disagreeable to see his mother cry, and also to be obliged to look sulky instead of having fun; for Fred was so good-tempered that if he looked glum under scolding, it was chiefly for propriety's sake.Book 3 — Waiting for Death (2% in)
- Mamma had a little filial lecture afterwards, and was docile as usual.Book 4 — Three Love Problems (32% in)
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