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The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot
Lucy Deane Timeline and Summary
Lucy visits the Tullivers as a little girl. She loves her cousin Maggie. During a visit to the Pullets Tom pays more attention to Lucy since he is angry with Maggie. Lucy still tries to include Maggie. While playing near a pond, Maggie shoves Lucy in the mud. Lucy is horrified and cries Lucy is taken home by Tom and the Pullets comfort her. Years later, Lucy’s mother has died and she has invited Mrs. Tulliver to live with her. Lucy has a suitor, Stephen Guest. She invites her cousin Maggie to come stay with her. Lucy is thrilled to learn about Maggie’s past relationship with Philip and is determined to play matchmaker. Lucy tries to intervene on Maggie’s behalf with Tom but is unable to get through to him regarding Maggie and Philip. Lucy is largely oblivious to the growing romantic tension between Stephen and Maggie. Lucy plots to help the Tullivers buy back their mill. Lucy enlists her father and Philip in her scheme. After Maggie and Stephen elope, Lucy goes out of town with the Miss Guests. Later, Lucy sneaks over to see Maggie at night and forgives Maggie for eloping with Stephen. After Maggie’s death, Lucy eventually marries Stephen and she visits Maggie’s grave