If the old bird profited by this occasional habit, or if the young were made more vigorous by advantage having been taken of the mistaken maternal instinct
of another bird, than by their own mother's care, encumbered as she can hardly fail to be by having eggs and young of different ages at the same time; then the old birds or the fostered young would gain an advantage.
There was in Norah a maternal instinct
which received satisfaction in her love for Philip; she wanted someone to pet, and scold, and make a fuss of; she had a domestic temperament and found pleasure in looking after his health and his linen.
Like du Bousquier, like the Chevalier de Valois, she had a policy of her own; she was on the watch for circumstances, awaiting the propitious moment for a move with the shrewdness of maternal instinct
. Madame Granson had no fears at all as to the chevalier, but she did suppose that du Bousquier, although refused, retained certain hopes.
Her maternal instinct
told her that Natasha had too much of something, and that because of this she would not be happy.
'Nutty, darling, what is it?' cried Elizabeth, every maternal instinct
in her aroused.
The two older girls were a great deal to one another, but each took one of the younger sisters into her keeping and watched over her in her own way, `playing mother' they called it, and put their sisters in the places of discarded dolls with the maternal instinct
of litte women.
And besides there is hardly a woman in the world, no matter how hard, depraved or frantic, in whom something of the maternal instinct
does not survive, unconsumed like a salamander, in the fires of the most abandoned passion.
There was nothing in her now but the maternal instinct
and that unaccountable fear.
"It's a sympathy grabber towards the woman's maternal instinct
, with him claiming he's helpless in jail.
But with the ''maternal instinct
of a pitta bread'', Ellie needs some convincing.
A judge at Manchester County and Family Court ruled that the child, who will turn two in the summer, was at risk of the 'utterly unacceptable' procedure because religious and cultural pressure had overridden the mother's 'maternal instinct