The Mill on the Floss

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Oxford University Press, UK, Sep 5, 1996 - 566 pages
As Maggie Tulliver approaches adulthood, her spirited temperament brings her into conflict with her family, her community, and her much-loved brother Tom. Still more painfully, she finds her own nature divided between the claims of moral responsibility and her passionate hunger for self-fulfilment. George Eliot's searching exploration of Maggie's complex dilemma has made this one of the most enduringly popular of her works. This edition offers the definitive Clarendon text with a new introduction that gives an account of the book's place in Eliot's life and the intellectual context of the time, as well as providing close textual analysis. - ;`But it's bad - it's bad,' Mr Tulliver added - `a woman's no business wi' being so clever; it'll turn to trouble, I doubt.' 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. As Maggie Tulliver approaches adulthood, her spirited temperament brings her into conflict with her family, her community, and her much-loved brother Tom. Still more painfully, she finds her own nature divided between the claims of moral responsibility and her passionate hunger for self-fulfilment. George Eliot's searching exploration of Maggie's complex dilemma has made this one of the most enduringly popular of her works. This edition offers the definitive Clarendon text with a new introduction that gives an account of the book's place in Eliot's life and the intellectual context of the time, as well as providing close textual analysis. -
 

Contents

INTRODUCTION
NOTE ON THE TEXT
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
A CHRONOLOGY OF GEORGE ELIOT
CONTENTS
BOOK FIRSTBoy and Girl
CHAPTER IOUTSIDE DORLCOTE MILL
CHAPTER IIMR TULLIVER OF DORLCOTE MILL DECLARES HIS RESOLUTION ABOUT TOM
BOOK FOURTHThe Valley of Humiliation
CHAPTER IA VARIATION OF PROTESTANTISM UNKNOWN TO BOSSUET
CHAPTER IITHE TORN NEST IS PIERCED BY THE THORNS
CHAPTER IIIA VOICE FROM THE PAST
BOOK FIFTHWheat and Tares
CHAPTER IIN THE RED DEEPS
CHAPTER IIAUNT GLEGG LEARNS THE BREADTH OF BOBS THUMB
CHAPTER IIITHE WAVERING BALANCE

CHAPTER IIIMR RILEY GIVES HIS ADVICE CONCERNING A SCHOOL FOR TOM
CHAPTER IVTOM IS EXPECTED
CHAPTER VTOM COMES HOME
CHAPTER VITHE AUNTS AND UNCLES ARE COMING
CHAPTER VIIENTER THE AUNTS AND UNCLES
CHAPTER VIIIMR TULLIVER SHOWS HIS WEAKER SIDE
CHAPTER IXTO GARUM FIRS
CHAPTER XMAGGIE BEHAVES WORSE THAN SHE EXPECTED
CHAPTER XIMAGGIE TRIES TO RUN AWAY FROM HER SHADOW
CHAPTER XIIMR AND MRS GLEGG AT HOME
CHAPTER XIIIMR TULLIVER FURTHER ENTANGLES THE SKEIN OF LIFE
BOOK SECONDSchoolTime
CHAPTER ITOMS FIRST HALF
CHAPTER IITHE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
CHAPTER IIITHE NEW SCHOOLFELLOW
CHAPTER IVTHE YOUNG IDEA
CHAPTER VMAGGIES SECOND VISIT
CHAPTER VIA LOVE SCENE
CHAPTER VIITHE GOLDEN GATES ARE PASSED
BOOK THIRDThe Downfall
CHAPTER IWHAT HAD HAPPENED AT HOME
CHAPTER IIMRS TULLIVERS TERAPHIM OR HOUSEHOLD GODS
CHAPTER IIITHE FAMILY COUNCIL
CHAPTER IVA VANISHING GLEAM
CHAPTER VTOM APPLIES HIS KNIFE TO THE OYSTER
CHAPTER VITENDING TO REFUTE THE POPULAR PREJUDICE AGAINST THE PRESENT OF A POCKETKNIFE
CHAPTER VIIHOW A HEN TAKES TO STRATAGEM
CHAPTER VIIIDAYLIGHT ON THE WRECK
CHAPTER IXAN ITEM ADDED TO THE FAMILY REGISTER
CHAPTER IVANOTHER LOVESCENE
CHAPTER VTHE CLOVEN TREE
CHAPTER VITHE HARDWON TRIUMPH
Chapter VIIA DAY OF RECKONING
BOOK SIXTHThe Great Temptation
CHAPTER IA DUET IN PARADISE
CHAPTER IIFIRST IMPRESSIONS
CHAPTER IIICONFIDENTIAL MOMENTS
CHAPTER IVBROTHER AND SISTER
CHAPTER VSHOWING THAT TOM HAD OPENED THE OYSTER
CHAPTER VIILLUSTRATING THE LAWS OF ATTRACTION
CHAPTER VIIPHILIP REENTERS
CHAPTER VIIIWAKEM IN A NEW LIGHT
CHAPTER IXCHARITY IN FULLDRESS
CHAPTER XTHE SPELL SEEMS BROKEN
CHAPTER XIIN THE LANE
CHAPTER XIIA FAMILY PARTY
CHAPTER XIIIBORNE ALONG BY THE TIDE
CHAPTER XIVWAKING
Book SeventhThe Final Rescue
CHAPTER ITHE RETURN TO THE MILL
CHAPTER IIST OGGS PASSES JUDGMENT
CHAPTER IIISHOWING THAT OLD ACQUAINTANCES ARE CAPABLE OF SURPRISING US
CHAPTER IVMAGGIE AND LUCY
CHAPTER VTHE LAST CONFLICT
CONCLUSION
EXPLANATORY NOTES
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