The Mill on the Floss  (1860) 
by George Eliot

The novel details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, a brother and sister growing up on the fictional river Floss near the fictional village of St. Oggs, evidently in the 1820's, after the Napoleonic Wars but prior to the first Reform Bill (1832). The novel spans a period of 10-15 years, from Tom and Maggie's childhood up until their deaths in a flood on the Floss. The book is loosely autobiographical, reflecting the disgrace that George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) herself had while in a relationship with a married man.

Contents Edit

Book 1: Boy and Girl Edit

  1. Outside Dorlcote Mill
  2. Mr. Tulliver, of Dorlcote Mill, Declares His Resolution about Tom
  3. Mr. Riley Gives His Advice Concerning a School for Tom
  4. Tom Is Expected
  5. Tom Comes Home
  6. The Aunts and Uncles Are Coming
  7. Enter the Aunts and Uncles
  8. Mr. Tulliver Shows His Weaker Side
  9. To Garum Firs
  10. Maggie Behaves Worse Than She Expected
  11. Maggie Tries to Run away from Her Shadow
  12. Mr. and Mrs. Glegg at Home
  13. Mr. Tulliver Further Entangles the Skein of Life

Book 2: School-Time Edit

  1. Tom's "First Half"
  2. The Christmas Holidays
  3. The New Schoolfellow
  4. "The Young Idea"
  5. Maggie's Second Visit
  6. A Love-Scene
  7. The Golden Gates Are Passed

Book 3: The Downfall Edit

  1. What Had Happened at Home
  2. Mrs. Tulliver's Teraphim, or Household Gods
  3. The Family Council
  4. A Vanishing Gleam
  5. Tom Applies His Knife to the Oyster
  6. Tending to Refute the Popular Prejudice against the Present of a Pocket-Knife
  7. How a Hen Takes to Stratagem
  8. Daylight on the Wreck
  9. An Item Added to the Family Register

Book 4: The Valley of Humiliation Edit

  1. A Variation of Protestantism Unknown to Bossuet
  2. The Torn Nest Is Pierced by the Thorns
  3. A Voice from the Past

Book 5: Wheat and Tares Edit

  1. In the Red Deeps
  2. Aunt Glegg Learns the Breadth of Bob's Thumb
  3. The Wavering Balance
  4. Another Love-Scene
  5. The Cloven Tree
  6. The Hard-Won Triumph
  7. A Day of Reckoning

Book 6: The Great Temptation Edit

  1. A Duet in Paradise
  2. First Impressions
  3. Confidential Moments
  4. Brother and Sister
  5. Showing That Tom Had Opened the Oyster
  6. Illustrating the Laws of Attraction
  7. Philip Re-enters
  8. Wakem in a New Light
  9. Charity in Full-Dress
  10. The Spell Seems Broken
  11. In the Lane
  12. A Family Party
  13. Borne Along by the Tide
  14. Waking

Book 7: The Final Rescue Edit

  1. The Return to the Mill
  2. St. Ogg's Passes Judgment
  3. Showing That Old Acquaintances Are Capable of Surprising Us
  4. Maggie and Lucy
  5. The Last Conflict
  6. Conclusion


This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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