Mary Beck was a member of the Society of Friends in England. She was a prolific writer, publishing books on the Bible and on Quaker principles. She also wrote devotionally for Mothers' Meetings.26 She focused this study for mothers primarily on the problem of parental partiality. Unlike Woosnam and Witter, Beck had little good to say about Rebekah. She viewed her as a poor parent and wife who paid the price for loving one child more than the other. Her readers could similarly expect to reap what they had sown. Beck reinforced the prevalent ideology regarding the importance of mothers in the lives of their children, but thought partiality to one child was very dangerous. Beck concluded her meditation on Rebekah with a reference to Galatians 6:79, verses on reaping what one sows.
26 For more information on Beck, see part 3, "Hagar—The Wanderer."