The Mill on the Floss


Word Count: 1770

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 gives him a job for no better reason than he is his
nephew.. In the sixth chapter the