Derived from the short story of the same name, Mother and Child as a play shows how Hughes transformed his fictional work into a short drama. The short story is suited to dramatic rendering because it is primarily written in dialogue. One significant transformation, however, is in the closing hymn. In the short story, the hymn contains the lyric Ring a golden bell for me," more of an ironic counterpoint to the gossip. 65 In the play, the lyrics relate directly to resistance.