How does the narrator in "The Leap" perceive her mother?

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It is with a reverential and admiring tone that the narrator relates the tale of her three rescues from death afforded her by her mother. Indeed, her mother has been her savior on three occasions in her life and the narrator feels both pride, admiration, respect, gratitude, and love for these actions. 

It is clear that the narrator admires the mother's quick thinking and courage: "my mother lives comfortably in extreme elements." Certainly, she is grateful as she realizes that she owes her very existence to her mother, who lived to later give birth to her after marrying the physician who rehabilitates her physically and spiritually while she lies in the hospital after the circus accident. And, she is in awe of the woman who risked "life and limb" a second time in order to save the narrator from the raging fire when no one else could. Bravely climbing a tree, springing from a branch, and jumping two stories with her child in her arms, Anna displays yet again her fortitude and expertise, qualities of which the daughter is so proud. For, as she gazes at the statue that stands over her mother's grave, it seems to the narrator that "[T]he lamb looms larger as the years pass...the statue is growing more sharply etched, as is hardening on the hillside with each snowfall, perfecting itself. 

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