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The Mill on the Floss

The Mill on the Floss


by George Eliot


Character Role Analysis

Stephen Guest and Philip Wakem

Philip and Stephen are both Maggie’s love interests in the book. The two men represent very different strands of love and relationships though. Maggie’s relationship with Philip is based in friendship and at times strays more into sibling territory, as opposed to romantic territory. Philip is definitely in love with Maggie. But, while Maggie loves Philip, she is not in love with him. Stephen, on the other hand, represents a more romantic relationship defined by sexual attraction. Maggie’s feelings for Stephen are hugely influenced by the physical attraction she feels for him, and the same is true for Stephen in regards to Maggie.