Tom, who is now head of the family, refuses to let his disgraced sister return to the mill, declaring savagely: Maggie fantasises about writing to Sir Walter Scott, who will naturally recognise her specialness. Although she immediately goes to Tom for forgiveness and shelter, he roughly sends her away, telling her that she will never again be welcome under his roof.
He has lent almost an equal sum to his sister and her husband, the Mosses, but he feels affectionately toward his sister and decides not to ask for money back, which they cannot pay. Maggie rescues Tom, who is trapped in the house, and they row down river towards Lucy.
Respectable women turn away from Maggie in the street, and coarse men laugh knowingly. Philip manages to coax a pledge of love from Maggie. Only Ogg felt pity for her in her need and took her. On the way back a piece of flotsam breaks off and heads towards their small boat.
And so the ending, when it comes, is rushed and breathless. As a careful reader of all the new scientific theories, including Darwin's, Eliot wants to show us the Dodsons in their larger historical context.
Fussing over butter-making and swollen ankles, household linen and fashionable bonnets may strike her readers as tiresome and vulgar, but it is important to realise that this way of being represents a particular moment in human development.
Ever since she had written to Isaac Evans three years before to explain that she was now cohabiting in London with the married Lewes — "Mrs Lewes" was a term of social convenience, her legal name remained Mary Ann Evans — the rigidly respectable Isaac had refused to have anything to do with her.
Lucy and Philip forgive her, in a moving reunion and in an eloquent letter, respectively. Years go by and Philip, and Stephen and Lucy together, visit the grave. When Tom discovers the relationship between the two, he forces his sister to renounce Philip, and with him her hopes of experiencing the broader, more cultured world he represents.
Philip finally confesses to Maggie that he loves her, and Maggie, at first surprised, says she loves him back. Now a tall, striking woman, she returns to St. Maggie languishes in the impoverished Tulliver home, her intellectual aptitude wasted in her socially isolated state.
Isaac, like Tom, grew up to be a practical man of business. Lucy has a handsome and rich suitor named Stephen Guest, and they are friends with Philip Wakem. Philip's and Maggie's attraction is, in any case, inconsequential because of the family antipathy.
Tulliver decides to pay for Tom to have additional education rather than have him take over the mill. The river and the village are fictional. Still, it is a stern critic who would deny readers the pleasure of spotting which parts of her own childhood George Eliot transferred to Tom and Maggie.
In real life this reunion of brother and sister never took place. When Maggie and Stephen find themselves floating down the river, negligent of the distance they have covered, he proposes that they board a passing boat to the next substantial city, Mudport and get married.
Robert Evans's diaries for the early s record a constant round of comings and goings, with aunts and uncles descending periodically just as they do in The Mill on the Floss. Several years pass, during which Mr Tulliver dies.
Ogg, while Lucy is the Virgin. Mary Ann, by contrast, followed Maggie into a self-punishing adolescence marked by an intense longing for the kind of intellectual and artistic life not generally available to girls in the muddy backwaters of late-Hanoverian England.
Symbols The Floss The Floss is a somewhat difficult symbol to track, as it also exists for realistic effect in the workings of the novel. The river and the village are fictional.
Towards the end of the book, the adult Maggie goes on an ill-advised boat trip with Stephen Guest, her cousin Lucy's beau.
Maggie's brief exile ends when the river floods. Ogg, the legendary patron saint of the town, was a Floss ferryman. Various family crises, including bankruptcy, Mr Tulliver's rancorous relationship with Philip Wakem's father, which results in the loss of the mill and Mr Tulliver's untimely death, intensify Tom's and Maggie's differences and highlight their love for each other.
Some of the best scenes in the book show Tom struggling over schoolboy Latin while the younger Maggie races ahead, exhibiting a cleverness that upsets the gender expectations of her highly conventional family. Tom returns home as well to support the family, as the Dodson's offer little help.
Although she immediately goes to Tom for forgiveness and shelter, he roughly sends her away, telling her that she will never again be welcome under his roof. But there is such a strain of poetry to relieve the tragedy that the more she cries, and the readers cry, the better say I.
Some of the best scenes in the book show Tom struggling over schoolboy Latin while the younger Maggie races ahead, exhibiting a cleverness that upsets the gender expectations of her highly conventional family.
The complication is compounded by Philip Wakem's friendship with Lucy and Stephen; he and Maggie are reintroduced and Philip's love for her is rekindled, while Maggie, no longer isolated, enjoys the clandestine attentions of Stephen Guest, putting her past profession of love for Philip in question.The Mill on the Floss is one of the most delightful surprises of I've literally fallen in love with this novel, no wonder of course; as it's an amazingly insightful read, a classic, and a gift from a dear friend/5.
The Mill on The Floss, George Eliot The Mill on the Floss is a novel by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), first published in three volumes in by William Blackwood/5(K). Further Study. Test your knowledge of The Mill on the Floss with our quizzes and study questions, or go further with essays on the context and background and links to the best resources around the web.
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