The Mill on the Floss is a novel by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), first published in three . differences. When their boat capsizes, the two drown in an embrace, thus giving the book its Biblical epigraph: "In their death they were not divided". The Mill on the Floss book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. 'If life had no love in it, what else was there for Maggie. The Mill on the Floss is a novel by George Eliot that was first published in Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and Analysis. Continue your study of The Mill on the Floss with these useful links.
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A summary of Book First, Chapters I, II, III, and IV in George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss. The narrator stands on a bridge over the Floss next to Dorlcote Mill. On the th anniversary of the publication of The Mill on the Floss, Kathryn Hughes celebrates George Eliot's most deeply autobiographical. Praise. "As one comes back to [Eliot's] books after years of absence they pour out , even against our expectations, the same store of energy and heat, so that we.
Tom is confused by Mr. Stelling, who is very firm in the schoolroom, but is nice and jokes with Tom at dinner. Tulliver is under the impression that Tom is getting a very different sort of education. He wants Tom to learn things like math and accounting. Stelling is under the impression that Latin grammar and Greek geometry is exactly what Mr.
Tulliver had in mind for Tom. Tom makes slow progress and Mr. Stelling is convinced that Tom is an idiot. She assumes that she can go into town and join a band of gypsies.
Maggie does find a band of gypsies and asks the women if she can join them. The women sit her down by the fire and remove her bonnet and the contents of her pockets.
Maggie finds this rude and refuses to eat food with them. When the male gypsies return to the camp, one of them decides to take her home. On the way, they bump into Mr. Tulliver who is looking for her and he rewards the gypsy man with five shillings. When they get home Mr. Tulliver fight again but Maggie never hears of the incident again.
Glegg manages to convince his wife not to demand the money she has loaned her sister back and the two talk about the folly of the Tullivers as they enjoy their evening. Pullet arrives later to speak with her sister and the two talk about how they would like to see Maggie sent away to boarding school.
However, a letter soon arrives from Mr. Tulliver telling Mrs. Glegg that he will have her money paid back to her within the month. Tom quickly finds that he does not enjoy Mr. He is happy to return home at Christmas When Tom returns to school the next year he is joined by another boy, Philip Wakem, the son of a local lawyer whom Mr.
Tulliver has had bad dealings with. Philip has a serious birth defect, a hunchback that he has been teased for all of his life.
This has made him a quiet and shy boy who is slow to make friends. However, Tom soon notices that Philip has a talent for drawing and the two begin to become closer however they do suffer some fights. Philip is more intelligent than Tom and thus they do not have lessons at the same time.
But teaching a better student does settle Mr. Stelling, who starts leaving Tom alone more.
The local schoolmaster, Mr. He begs Mr.
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Poulter to let him borrow his sword to show Maggie and Mr. Poulter finally agrees after being paid five shillings. Maggie comes for a visit to Mr. Stellings, and Tom shows her the sword. However, while they are playing around with it Tom accidentally drops the sword, and it lands on his foot.
Tom faints and Maggie screams loud enough to bring Mr. Stelling rushing into the room.
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Tom is laid up with an injured foot for a while. He fears that he will be handicapped for life. Being handicapped himself, Philip fears for Tom and asks Mr.
Stelling if he will be alright. He learns that Tom is going to be fine and tells him so. After this, the boys and Maggie begin to spend more time together. It is during this time that Maggie and Philip kiss and she tells him that she will never forget him. Tulliver comes to pick Maggie up, and she tells him about Philip.
After this Tom and Philip begin to grow apart again. Several years pass as Tom continues his schooling to the age of sixteen. Maggie is sent away to boarding school with Lucy Deane. Maggie does not see Philip again, but she senses that he and her brother are no longer friends. Tom and Maggie return home to an uproar. The bailiff has already arrived to kick them out of the house. They find Mrs. Tulliver upstairs crying over her fine items. She does not want to lose her things and fears that she will be sent to the workhouse.
Deane and Mrs. Pullet download only what they intend to keep and Mrs. Glegg urges her sister to focus more on necessities. Maggie becomes angry but Tom manages to keep her calm. The aunts take this outburst as confirmation that Maggie is a wild thing and will never be respectable. Moss arrives, sympathetically and sadly informs her brother that, with eight children to feed, she still cannot pay off her debt. Glegg suggests that they should sue her and at this Tom interjects, saying that his father told him that the Mosses should never be forced to pay off the loan.
Glegg suggests that he and Tom find the note for the loan and destroy it and Mrs. Moss is grateful. Tulliver tells Tom that he needs to get back at Wakem if he ever has the chance. However, later Deane finds Tom a warehouse job. Tom dislikes this job but knows that he must keep it at to feed his family.
Tulliver decides to take matters into her hands and goes to Lawyer Wakem to urge him not to download the Mill. However, she accidentally manages only to convince him to do so by listing several reasons why it would be prudent. He decides to download the Mill and keep Tulliver on as manager as he knows it will humiliate the man that Wakem has done something so charitable towards him.
Tom and Maggie try to explain to their father what is happening but he is still ill, and his memory is gone. But when Mrs. Tulliver accidentally reveals that Wakem has bought the Mill, her husband is even more upset. Tulliver begins walking outside in the fresh air and recovers a bit.
He struggles with his current situation and his hatred for Wakem but promises his wife that he will try to make amends.
Tulliver insists that he will never forgive Wakem but that he will work with him and try to be civil. He signs a vow saying this in the family bible. The Tulliver household becomes morose and lonely for a while after this. Tulliver becomes single-minded in his quest to pay off his debts and turns into a miser, and Tom follows his lead.
Maggie feels separated from both men and no longer feels any love for them. They make money but only very slowly and realize that it will be a while before they can pay their debts.
Maggie reads a book that tells her to renounce her self-love for focusing on the sufferings of others.
She takes this to heart and begins serving somewhat of penance. This makes her more graceful, but her old spirit remains and she takes it a little too far.
Lawyer Wakem and Philip come for a visit, and Maggie rushes out to meet them so that her father will not see. Several days later, Philip visits Maggie again, alone and tells her that he feels it is their duty to repair the relationship between their families.
He asks her to meet with him now and again, telling her that their meetings would be his only source of happiness. Maggie refuses initially but agrees to hold off her decision until they meet again. Philip is sad as he assumes that she has never considered the possibility of marrying him and feels that she is the only woman in the world that would overlook his deformity. Tom begins a new business venture with an old friend.
He sells muslin and other fabrics to ladies which begins netting him profit quickly. He does not tell anyone else in the family but quietly begins saving up money.
Maggie meets Philip again and tells him that they cannot meet again and he agrees but asks that she spend some time with him before leaving. She poses for him to draw a picture of her. Eventually he offers her a suggestion. He will continue to take walks in the woods and if they bump into each other, so be it.
Of course, she agrees and a year passes with the two meeting regularly in the woods. Maggie finally realizes that Philip is in love with her and is shocked, reevaluating their whole year together.
He asks if she loves him and Maggie says that she does but that they cannot tell anyone however she leaves the meeting very happy. Maggie blushes at this announcement and hopes no one notices. However, Tom notices and remembers their mother scolding Maggie for walking in the woods.
He refuses to believe the two things could be related but confronts Maggie and questions her. Maggie explains everything and says that she is in love with Philip. Tom makes Maggie swear on a bible never to meet with Philip again.
She insists that she be allowed to say goodbye to him and Tom goes with her to the woods to see him one last time. Tom argues with Philip who insists that he is in love with Maggie. After they leave, Maggie accuses her brother of enjoying her punishment, and he reminds her that he is doing everything he can for their family while she seems determined to bring them disgrace.
I'll tell your aunt Glegg and your aunt Pullet when they come next week, and they'll never love you any more. Oh dear, oh dear! Folks 'ull think it's a judgment on me as I've got such a child,—they'll think I've done summat wicked. This attic was Maggie's favorite retreat on a wet day, when the weather was not too cold; here she fretted out all her ill humors, and talked aloud to the worm-eaten floors and the worm-eaten shelves, and the dark rafters festooned with cobwebs; and here she kept a Fetish which she punished for all her misfortunes.
This was the trunk of a large wooden doll, which once stared with the roundest of eyes above the reddest of cheeks; but was now entirely defaced by a long career of vicarious suffering. Three nails driven into the head commemorated as many crises in Maggie's nine years of earthly struggle; that luxury of vengeance having been suggested to her by the picture of Jael destroying Sisera in the old Bible.
The last nail had been driven in with a fiercer stroke than usual, for the Fetish on that occasion represented aunt Glegg.
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But immediately afterward Maggie had reflected that if she drove many nails in she would not be so well able to fancy that the head was hurt when she knocked it against the wall, nor to comfort it, and make believe to poultice it, when her fury was abated; for even aunt Glegg would be pitiable when she had been hurt very much, and thoroughly humiliated, so as to beg her niece's pardon.
Since then she had driven no more nails in, but had soothed herself by alternately grinding and beating the wooden head against the rough brick of the great chimneys that made two square pillars supporting the roof. That was what she did this morning on reaching the attic, sobbing all the while with a passion that expelled every other form of consciousness,—even the memory of the grievance that had caused it.
As at last the sobs were getting quieter, and the grinding less fierce, a sudden beam of sunshine, falling through the wire lattice across the worm-eaten shelves, made her throw away the Fetish and run to the window.
The sun was really breaking out; the sound of the mill seemed cheerful again; the granary doors were open; and there was Yap, the queer white-and-brown terrier, with one ear turned back, trotting about and sniffing vaguely, as if he were in search of a companion. It was irresistible. Maggie tossed her hair back and ran downstairs, seized her bonnet without putting it on, peeped, and then dashed along the passage lest she should encounter her mother, and was quickly out in the yard, whirling round like a Pythoness, and singing as she whirled, "Yap, Yap, Tom's coming home!
Maggie paused in her whirling and said, staggering a little, "Oh no, it doesn't make me giddy, Luke; may I go into the mill with you? The resolute din, the unresting motion of the great stones, giving her a dim, delicious awe as at the presence of an uncontrollable force; the meal forever pouring, pouring; the fine white powder softening all surfaces, and making the very spidernets look like a faery lace-work; the sweet, pure scent of the meal,—all helped to make Maggie feel that the mill was a little world apart from her outside every-day life.
The spiders were especially a subject of speculation with her.Middlemarch struck me the same way - it's incredibly romantic, and then it does things with that romance, crazy thematic plot things, that sometimes make you feel like the author has punched you in the stomach.
After a period of intense emotional suffering for Maggie, the local river floods.
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She was born in at a farmstead in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, where her father was estate manager. The story may be fitly called "her most perfect work. The question then arises: I don't think I'm quite as enthusiastic about it as I am about Middlemarch , but it is still an absorbing read.
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