For the most obdurate opponent of mothers-in-law could not think—could he, John?
How on earth was I to know that mothers-in-law were like this?
Mothers-in-law and stepmothers are not within the rules of consanguinity.
Stepmothers, like mothers-in-law, get more abuse than they deserve.
Why is it, do you suppose, that young wives always dislike their mothers-in-law?