Finally, a mother/daughter relationship is a major theme of this work. As the daughter only speaks twice in the poem, it is clear that the daughter is being talked at and not included in the conversation. The mother also assumes the daughter wants to become a 'slut,' even though there is no proof or reason given for why she thinks this. The tone of the do's and don'ts in the poem sometimes make it seem as if the mother doesn't really know her daughter and is generalizing. Overall, other tender moments in the poem show that the mother cares and is instructing her in the best way she knows.