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The Mill on the Floss

The Mill on the Floss


by George Eliot

The Mill on the Floss Book 2, Chapter 6 Summary

A Love Scene

  • Tom is terribly worried that he will be lame, or have a limp, for the rest of his life.
  • Mr. Stelling doesn’t think to reassure Tom, but luckily Philip asks about it and goes to tell Tom the good news: he won’t have a permanent injury.
  • Tom and Philip reconcile and Philip hangs out with Tom and Maggie, telling them fun stories and Greek myths.
  • A few days later Maggie and Philip are alone in the school room.
  • Philip asks Maggie if she could love a brother like him and Maggie says yes, but that she’d love Tom best still. But she’d feel sorry for a deformed brother.
  • This makes Philip uncomfortable and Maggie quickly assures Philip that she thinks he’s very smart and likes him a lot.
  • Maggie also assures Philip she won’t forget him when she goes away and Philip says he’ll always remember her. He wishes he had a sister like her.
  • Philip tells Maggie that he likes her eyes and Maggie is surprised to note that Philip seems to like her better than Tom.
  • Maggie gives Philip a kiss on the cheek.
  • When Mr. Tulliver comes to fetch Maggie, she praises Philip to him. Mr. Tulliver tells Tom not to get overly friendly with Philip, since he is a Wakem.
  • Once Tom gets better, the two boys grow apart again due to their differing personalities.

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