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The Mill on the Floss

The Mill on the Floss


by George Eliot

Mr. Tulliver Timeline and Summary

  • Mr. Tulliver wants to send his son Tom to a good school.
  • On Mr. Riley’s advice, Mr. Tulliver sends his son to study with Mr. Stelling.
  • Mr. Tulliver agrees to not make his sister pay her debt to him, since she and her family are very poor.
  • Mr. Tulliver loses a lawsuit against a client of Mr. Wakem.
  • In his shock and despair over the lawsuit and the fact that his home mortgage has passed to Wakem, Mr. Tulliver has a stroke.
  • He is seriously ill while his family is declared bankrupt.
  • Tom upholds his father’s wishes regarding the Moss family.
  • Mr. Tulliver recovers and is shocked to learn how bad his family’s circumstances are.
  • Mr. Tulliver agrees to go work for Mr. Wakem, the new owner of the family mill, at his wife’s behest.
  • Mr. Tulliver curses Wakem in the family Bible and swears vengeance against him.
  • He is increasingly obsessed with money and grows depressed and angry.
  • Mr. Tulliver is thrilled when Tom earns enough money to pay the family debts.
  • After he encounters Wakem on the road, Mr. Tulliver attacks Wakem and horsewhips him.
  • His health fails him once more and Mr. Tulliver dies after making his son promise to buy back the mill and to take care of his sister.