Fiorella absorbed her mother into herself, as Mother did hers. Mother valued reputation, appearance, and academic success so Fio tried to live up to maternal expectations. Determined to give Brother and Fiorella the Dick-and-Jane childhood she had missed out on because of an alcoholic father, Mother made her home into a warm, safe nest, which Fio also tried to do for her children. However, Mother hung back from the kind of challenges and adventures that Fiorella confronts head-on.
In that, Fiorella resembles her father. Tally-ho!