How does Gregor's mother react to seeing Gregor for the first time after his transformation in Kafka's The Metamorphosis?

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Understandably, Gregor's mother has a very difficult time accepting her son's metamorphosis into a giant insect. She is upset when she first sees him. The first time she witnesses what he has become, she is so horrified that she passes out cold. Her husband and daughter, worried by her frail state and poor health, try to keep her from witnessing the depth of his transformation, but to no avail.  

Of course, Gregor's mother wants to help him and be supportive of him, but she cannot bear the sight of him. The interesting thing is that she still feels love for him. She wants to protect him from the world's cruelty, even though she herself is having a hard time hanging on to her conviction that they keep Gregor. His sister, Grete, who initially took care of Gregor, now wants him gone, but his mother defends him, insisting they keep his furniture. She holds out hope that Gregor will one day return to his former self. 

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