Plot of Mill on the Floss

Topics: The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot, American people of Irish descent Pages: 9 (3867 words) Published: August 15, 2010
Literapedia Book Notes for
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Narrator (ch 1) — the storyteller
Maggie Tulliver (ch 2) — the protagonist and main character Tom Tulliver (ch 2) — Maggie's brother
Mr. Tulliver (ch 2) — Maggie's father
Mrs. Tulliver (ch 2) — Maggie's mother
Mr. Pivart (ch 2) — owner of the farm upstream of Dorlcote Mill ' Mr. Stelling (ch 1 bk 2) - Tom and Phillip's teacher
Bob Jakin (ch 6) — friends with Tom (and later Maggie) since childhood Kezia (ch 6) — housemaid for the Tullivers
Mrs. Glegg (ch 7) — Mrs. Tuliver's sister
Mrs. Pullet (ch 7) — Mrs. Tuliver's sister
Mrs. Deane (ch 7) — Mrs. Tuliver's sister
Lucy Deane (ch 7) — Maggie's cousin
Stephen Guess (ch 1 bk 6) — Lucy's suitor
Chapter Summaries

Book First: Boy and Girl
Outside Dorlcote Mill - The narrator walks along the River Floss at Dorlcote Mill. He watches a nearby little girl and her dog. The plot jumps to several years later, and the narrator begins to tell the story of the Tullivers that day at the Mill. Mr Tulliver, of Dorlcote Mill, declares his resolution about Tom — Mr Tulliver speaks with Mrs Tulliver about his plan to "give Tom a good eddication." Tom is, however, "a bit slowish," taking after his mother's side. Mr Tulliver finds it unfortunate that Tom, rather than Maggie, takes after his mother. Mr, Riley gives his advice concerning a school for Tom — Mr. Tulliver discusses lawyers and their evil with Mr. Riley, and his plans to educate Tom so that he will not have to work at the mill. Maggie, upset, thinks that Tom would not abandon the farm. Mr. Tulliver at first tries to show off Maggie's intelligence, but then sends her away. Mr. Riley recommends a tutor, Mr. Stelling. Tom is Expected — Maggie is not allowed to go meet Tom, so she sulks in the attic relieving her stress with a play voodoo doll of sorts. When the sun starts to shine she goes outside to celebrate Tom's eventual return with Yap, the dog. Luke discourages her from knowledge and learning. At Luke's reminder, Maggie realizes she has not fed Tom's rabbits. Maggie is invited to Luke's house, where she finds interest in the parable of the prodigal son. Tom Comes Home - Tom returns home, pleasing both Maggie and Mrs. Tulliver, and shows Maggie the fishing lines which he bought for her. Tom then wants to go see his rabbits which are actually dead, and he blames Maggie for their deaths. Mr. Tulliver orders Tom to be nicer to Maggie, and the next day the two go fishing together. The chapter ends Tom and Maggie seeing themselves living in harmony, though it is stated that their lives would soon change. The aunts and uncles are coming — Tom scolds Maggie for being "a greedy" and eating the larger half of an uneven jam puff that she fairly wins, even though she offered it back to him. Bob and Tom fight over a half-penny that Tom should have won, with Tom as the victor of the brawl. After Tom leaves, Bob is left to pick up his half-penny and knife (a gift from Tom), which he had thrown at Tom. Enter the Aunts and Uncles - Mrs. Tuliver's sisters, the Dodsons (Mrs. Glegg, Mrs. Pullet, and Mrs. Deane), come to visit the Tulivers. After recieving criticism from her Aunt Glegg, Maggie goes upstairs with Tom before dinner and cuts her hair. Tom ridicules her and makes Maggie regret her actions. The house servant eventually coaxes Maggie downstairs to eat. Maggie recieves even more criticism from her aunts and uncles, and she turns to her father for consolation. Mr Tulliver Shows His Weaker Side - After his wife tells him that Mrs. Glegg may ask for her loan of five-hundred pounds Mr. Tulliver plans to ask his sister's family - the Mosses - for the three hundred pounds he had loaned them. During this pursuit he has a change of heart when his sister's troubles brings on thoughts of Maggie. To Garum Firs - While building card houses with Tom and Lucy, Maggie accidentally knocks Tom's over, causing him to ignore her for sometime, and at the...
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