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The Mill on the Floss - Classic Illustrated Edition Kindle Edition
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|Kindle Edition, 15 Feb 2014||
|Length: 341 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Maggie and Tom Tulliver are the son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tulliver who own Dorlcote Mill. It should have been a happiness to them all as they lived in relative comfort but sadly, Mr. Tulliver had a disastrous habit of going to litigation and thus rendered himself bankrupt. On hearing that his arch rival to whom he had lost the last court case (Wakem) had bought the Mill, he pulled him off his horse and nearly whipped him to death, saved only by Maggie pulling her Father off him. After this Mr. Tulliver was taken very ill and nearly died. Then to add to their indignity further the Bailliffs were sent in to recover debts that Mr. Tulliver had accrued over the years by going to law. Poor Mrs. Tulliver having to watch the Bailliffs come in and seize her furniture and other sundry belongings to pay their creditors was mortified as were her rather stuck up sistes. Wakem relented enough to take Mr. Tulliver back on as his Manager when he was well again but it rankled with the older man who got Tom to swear on the bible that he would see Wakem 'brought down'.
Maggie had long ago, when Tom and she were at school with Wakem's son, Phillip (a hunchbacked lad), formed an attachment with him which as they both grew towards adulthood became something more. She and he were content with this but her Brother made her swear on the Bible that she would never marry him or be friends with him so long as their Father was still living and loving her Brother, she so swore. However, Maggie and Phillip meet in secret and this is soon found out so Maggie is sent away. Tom also swore that he would work and work until one day he could afford to re-buy the Mill once more so as to keep it once again in the family name of Tulliver.
Enter Lucy a sweet, pretty yet kind hearted little thing who is more or less engaged to Stephen. She is horrified to learn that Maggie has been carrying out menial work so sends for her so she can stay with the Deanes for a holiday. Once more though fate intervenes for Maggie as she and Stephen fall in love almost immediately and this is where the story becomes really interesting. Obviously to say anymore would be a huge spoiler but things go from bad to worse but eventually Tom and his beloved Magsie are reconciled forever.
Rebellious and affectionate, Maggie Tulliver is always in trouble. Recalling her own experiences as a girl, George Eliot describes Maggie's turbulent childhood with a sympathetic engagement that makes the early chapters of The Mill on the Floss among the most immediately attractive she ever wrote.
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The ending was completely unexpected and extremely moving.Read more