La mujer, la mater familias
, adquiere asi una dignidad muy especial en la casa cristiana.
From Manes's perspective, Sofronia's rise to the role of mater familias
, together with the manly functions carried out by the women in Mandragola, appears to question the worth of patriarchal ideology.
If there is a feminist figure in Dracula, Mina is surely she, but Tremper describes her only as an "embodiment of the self-sacrifice and stoicism of the idealized Victorian mater familias
Indeed, it was now time for mater familias
to take charge.