Maya started sobbing as she implored Wilbur to help her find her mother. She felt that it was the ultimate tactic of acting coquettish and playing cute.
After all, she had just seen a statement that read: A woman's tears are her greatest weapon. Hence, she decided to use her greatest weapon right then.
In her carelessness, she neglected to read the emphasis that followed: Tears are the greatest weapon in front of someone who loves you. But if the person doesn't love you, it won't do you any good even if you cry rivers.
At her sudden weeping, Wilbur felt rather discombobulated.
But still, he did his best to mollify her. “Uh... Please stop crying. I'll help you search for your mother.”
“It's not just helping to search, but you've got to find her. You must locate her!”