from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as mother-right, 1.
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In the past, under the mother-rule, the social elements of the family were emphasized, since her power was one delegated by the group of which she and her children were a part and closely related to peaceful ways and to primitive industrial arts.
The idea of a vanished age of mother-rule in human society, so essential to the complete theory, has long since been modified by anthropologists.
A will lying in the dust under God’s feet, so as I can say, “Let his will, whose I am, enact to throw me in hell, he shall have my vote,” is very like the mother-rule of all sanctified wills, even like Christ’s pliable will.