Showing that Old Acquaintances Are Capable of Surprising Us
The unexpected behavior comes from none other than Mrs. Glegg.
Mrs. Tulliver reports on this to Maggie.
Turns out that Mrs. Glegg heard about everything from Tom and tells him off for thinking so badly of his sister.
Mrs. Glegg says that family needs to stick together and that Maggie is family first and foremost.
She refuses to believe the worst of Maggie and even gets into an argument with Mr. Glegg, who has taken Lucy’s side in the whole thing.
After hearing of Stephen’s letter Mrs. Glegg feels vindicated and tells off anyone who doubts Maggie’s honor.
Aunt Pullet is totally distraught and has no idea how to act since nothing like this has ever happened to the family before.
Mrs. Glegg goes after Tom again after Stephen’s letter arrives. Tom won’t budge, though, and sticks to his bad opinion of Maggie.
Mrs. Glegg feels that Maggie should be punished but in proportion to the actual crime (which was really a lapse in judgement as opposed to really scandalous behavior) and should be punished by the family, not by outsiders who don’t know what’s going on.
Mrs. Tulliver tells Maggie that Mrs. Glegg has invited her to live at the Gleggs' house.
Maggie is very grateful but insists that she needs to make her own way in the world now.
A few days go by and finally Maggie receives a letter from Philip.
This letter is epic. Philip tells Maggie that he believes in her and that he still loves her and doesn’t blame her for anything. He understands that they had a weird situation and made hasty promises to each other when they were young.
Philip tells Maggie that loving her was the best thing that has ever happened to him and he doesn’t regret it at all.
He tells her he forgives her everything and hopes she’ll be happy and not to worry about him.
Maggie does what anyone with a heart would do after reading a letter like that: cries.