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The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot
Philip Wakem Timeline and Summary
Philip begins attending school with Tom at Mr. Stelling’s. Philip and Tom do not really hit if off at school, though they bond some over Philip’s drawing. Philip meets Tom’s sister Maggie and instantly forms a bond with her. Philip sympathizes with Tom after Tom injures his foot with a sword. Maggie continues to visit Tom at school but Philip is never there when she is. Maggie encounters Philip again a few years later. Philip has not forgotten Maggie and carries a picture he drew of her around with him. Philip asks Maggie to continue to see him and to remain his friend and Maggie eventually agrees. A year passes and Philip remains close to Maggie, meeting to talk with her and lending her books. Philip declares his love for Maggie and Maggie reciprocates. Tom discovers Maggie and Philip. Philip and Tom argue. Philip is understanding when Maggie won’t see him anymore. A few more years pass and Philip encounters Maggie at Lucy Deane’s house. Philip is still in love with Maggie and she reassures him of her love but says she’s unable to marry him. Lucy enlists Philip in a scheme to help the Tullivers buy back their mill from Mr. Wakem. Philip tells his father of his feelings for Maggie. Philip grows suspicious of Maggie’s relationship with Stephen. A heartbroken Philip recovers and writes a letter to Maggie forgiving her after she elopes with Stephen. Philip regularly visits Tom’s and Maggie’s grave.