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The Mill on the Floss

The Mill on the Floss

  

by George Eliot

Mrs. Stelling

Character Analysis

Mr. Stelling’s wife is a woman to whom Tom takes an instant dislike. This is nothing new – Tom is notoriously judgmental and hard to please. Mrs. Stelling does contribute to Tom’s rather negative opinion of her though:

I am afraid he hated Mrs. Stelling, and contracted a lasting dislike to pale blonde ringlets and broad plaits as directly associated with haughtiness of manner and a frequent reference to other people’s "duty." (2.1.14)

She is a rather stuck-up woman and she is not very friendly towards Tom and Philip. In fact, she seems downright uncomfortable around them much of the time.

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