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In the movie Justice League (2017), Martha Kent, who has lost her son Superman, says to journalist Lois Lane:

Well, I can hardly read the news, anyway. So much bitterness. Of course I think it's all because he's gone. But I suppose a mother does. But it's not like there's any less that needs reporting.

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    This doesn't seem to have anything to do with Justice League or sci fi and fantasy in particular, and seems to be more a language issue
    – Au101
    Feb 26, 2018 at 21:52
  • This is actually quite poignant. Martha comments on the state of the world being worse off since Kal's death. She passes it off as the 'lamentations of a mother', but in reality, it's supposed to be true, the world is more messed for this lacking. Such was Bruce Wayne's point.
    – Möoz
    Feb 26, 2018 at 22:17
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    Just as @Au101 says. Basically "I suppose a mother does....." is short for the phrase "I suppose a mother does think that way..." It's just part of the precious setence - simply, imagine a comma there rather than a fullstop. That's all it is.
    – Fattie
    Feb 27, 2018 at 0:28

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The implication is that, of course a mother would think the problem stems from the disappearance of her child or is in some way related. You could read this same quote like this:

Well, I can hardly read the news, anyway. So much bitterness. Of course I think all this bitterness is because he's gone. But I suppose a mother would think that. But it's not like there's any less that needs reporting.

Imagine if a child was hit by a car and killed. The whole street would likely start acting differently, and probably more subdued as you see fewer and fewer children playing outside. A mother (and most others, honestly, but mostly a mother) would think that the act that took her child's life would be responsible for the shift. Thats what Martha Kent is saying, she thinks the shift in the news is a result of what happened to Superman, then she qualifies that statement with "but I suppose a mother does [think that]".

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    Alternate side same coin - Mom can't read journalism without thinking of her lost son and being bitter about it. Still a +1 though.
    – JohnP
    Feb 26, 2018 at 16:14
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    That last sentence is still weird. Maybe consider rephrasing it while you're at it?
    – jpmc26
    Feb 27, 2018 at 3:42

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