Maternal property

MATERNAL PROPERTY. That which comes from the mother of the party, and other ascendants of the maternal stock. Domat, Liv. Prel. tit. 3, s. 2, n. 12.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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It is not to be forgotten - and none of Morrison's characters do forget - that desire, the biblical sin, is, for Morrison, a maternal property.(5) The choice between black or white values - embodiedness or bodilessness - is a choice between accepting or rejecting the realm of the mother, between obeying or denying the "call to the flesh" enunciated by her body.
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