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As Edna talks with Madame Ratignolle, Edna mentions how she would only give up the 'unessentials' for her children, but she would not give up herself.
What does Edna seem to understand that Madame Ratignolle does not?
Children define a mother.
There is something more important than the physical world.
Women waste their time as mothers.
Children only want their parents' money.
Women can only be defined as mothers.