Amor matris

Watching the pitiful Sargent copy his sums in Nestor, Stephen thinks of how mothers have nurtured both this weak boy and himself: "Amor matris: subjective and objective genitive." The phrase means "love of mother" in Latin, but in two possible senses: the mother's love of her child, or the child's love of its mother.

JH 2012

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