The Mill on the Floss: Summary


The Mill on the Floss is a book written by George Eliot, whose real name
is Mary Anne (later Marian) Evans. There is a great deal of autobiography in
this book. The facts of Mary Anne\'s life do not match Maggie Tulliver, but
there is an obvious reflection of her own life.

Book One: Chapter1-13

The novel opens up with a description of the countryside around the town
of St. Ogg\'s and the river Floss. In the second chapter Maggie, Mr. Tulliver,
Mrs. Tulliver, and Mr. Riley are introduced. Mr. Tulliver states his intention
to send Tom to a different school. In the third chapter Mr. Riley gives his
advice about a school for Tom. In the forth chapter Mr. Tulliver goes after Tom,
while Mr. Tulliver is gone you learn about that Maggie\'s mother is concerned
mainly with what her family thinks. In the fifth chapter Tom is home and you
learn that he cares for his sister Maggie deeply, and that Tom\'s opinion is very
important to Maggie. In the sixth chapter the Tulliver\'s are getting ready for
the aunts and uncles to arrive. In the seventh chapter the family arrives and
you are introduced to Mrs. Glegg, Mrs. Pullet, Mrs. Deane and Maggie\'s cousin
Lucy. Mr. Tulliver states his intention to send Tom to school and it is met
with opposition. In the eighth chapter he goes to his brother-in-laws house to
demand the money that he owes him so that he can pay his wife\'s sister Mrs.
Glegg. In chapter nine you read about the Tullivers going to visit the Pullets.
In the tenth chapter Maggie pushed Lucy in the mud because she is receiving
most of Tom\'s attention. When Tom goes to tell on her she runs off and can\'t be
found. In the eleventh chapter Maggie decides to run away to the gypsies, but
after learning how poor they were and how little of food they had she decides to
go back home. In the twelfth chapter you read that St. Ogg is named for it\'s
patron saint who showed pity on a woman and child. St. Ogg is the town where
the Gleggs live. In the thirteenth chapter Mr. Tulliver borrows money from a
client of his old enemy Wakem.

Book One: Chapter 1-7

In the first chapter of this book Tom is at school, and he is Stelling\'s
only student. Maggie goes to visit him in October. In the second chapter Tom
gets to come home for Christmas. Mr. Tulliver has a lawsuit against Mr. Pivart ,
his next door neighbor. It has also become known that Wakem\'s son will be sent
to school with Tom. In the third chapter Tom is back at school and meets
Phillip Wakem. Philip Wakem is a small, deformed youth with a hump on his back,
but is an exceptional artist and story teller. In the forth chapter read that
Tom feels that Philip is an enemy. Tom and Philip get in an argument that left
Phillip crying bitterly. Tom bribes Mr. Poulter to let him borrow his sword and
keep it under his bed. In the fifth chapter Tom tries to make up the quarrel
with Philip, but Wakem does not respond. Tom tries to impress Maggie and drops
the sword on his foot. Also Maggie becomes very fond of Philip Wakem. In the
sixth chapter Philip sends all his extra time with Tom and Maggie. Maggie
kisses Philip in the library and promises to do so again next time she sees him.
In the seventh chapter Tom goes on at King\'s Lorton until his fifth half year,
and Maggie is sent to boarding school with Lucy. Also Mr. Tulliver loses his
lawsuit against Mr. Pivart.

Book Three: Chapters 1-9

In the first chapter Mr. Tullver falls off of his horse and is found
insensible by the roadside. Tom ventures that Wakem is responsible and vows to
make him "feel for it". In the second chapter Mr. Tulliver is found crying
over the things that she has to sell to pay the mortgage. Maggie reproaches her
mother for caring more about her possessions than Mr. Tulliver. In the third
chapter the aunts and uncles gather for consultation. They help by buying some
of Mrs. Tullivers good things. In the forth chapter Mr. Tulliver wakes up for a
while and becomes excited, but soon falls back to bed. In the sixth chapter Tom
goes to see his uncle Deane about a job. Mr. Deane