a baby with...<power in its control>

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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 142, Chapter 7) by DH Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: The following was about Clifford's servant Mrs Bolton ..……)

At first Mrs Bolton had thought there really was something different in a gentleman, a real gentleman, like Sir Clifford. So Clifford had got a good start of her. But gradually, as she came to the bottom of him, to use her own term, she found he was like the rest, a baby grown to man’s proportions: but a baby with a queer temper and a fine manner and power in its control, and all sorts of odd knowledge that she had never dreamed of, with which he could still bully her.

The blue part is a little confusing to me. How should I understand it please?
I don't know who controls who, and whose power it is.

Thank you in advance
  • wandle

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    English - British
    I don't know who controls who, and whose power it is.
    An infant has power (lung power, power of movement, power of excretion, etc.) but it is not at first in the infant's control (the infant cannot manage it).
    The adult baby Clifford has power that is in his control (he can use it as he decides). He can employ people or dismiss them, invest money in business or not, etc.
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