praise the child, and you make love to the mother

1829 COBBETT Advice to Young Men iv. clxxxi. It is an old saying, ‘Praise the child, and you make love to the mother’; and it is surprising how far this will go.

1885 E. J. HARDY How to be Happy though Married xix. ‘Praise the child, and you make love to the mother,’ and it is a thing that no husband ought to overlook.


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