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The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot
Tom Tulliver Timeline and Summary
Tom arrives home from school and brings Maggie a fishing rod. But he is soon furious to learn that she forgot about his rabbits and they died. Tom forgives Maggie and the two go fishing together. Tom has a falling out with his friend Bob Jakin. Tom helps Maggie cut her hair and then laughs at how ridiculous she looks. While visiting the Pullets, Tom is angry with Maggie and pays more attention to Lucy. Tom hits Maggie when she pushes Lucy into the mud and he takes Lucy home. Tom begins attending school with Mr. Stelling and he hates it. Maggie visits Tom at school. Philip Wakem starts attending school with Tom and the two never really hit it off. Tom borrows a real sword and injures his foot. He and Philip bond over his injury, but their friendship is short-lived. Tom continues at school till age sixteen. Maggie comes to get Tom after their father loses his lawsuit. Tom stands up to his family and tries to carry out his father’s wishes regarding the Moss’s debt. Tom asks his Uncle Deane for a job and begins work at Guest and Co. At his father’s request, Tom curses Mr. Wakem in the family Bible. Tom continues to excel at work and starts an investment scheme with Bob Jakin. Tom gets the Gleggs to help with his investment plans. When he discovers Maggie’s and Philip’s relationship, Tom is furious and forbids them to meet again. Tom fights with Philip and insults him, and then he fights with Maggie. Tom earns enough money to pay his family’s debts. After paying off the creditors, Tom gives a good speech. On his deathbed, Mr. Tulliver makes Tom promise to buy back the mill and take care of his sister. Tom agrees. Tom rents a room from Bob Jakin and continues working at Guest and Co. Tom agrees to let Maggie see Philip again, but he and Maggie still have a strained relationship. Bob hints that Tom might be in love with Lucy. Tom is up for a promotion at work. He asks for his uncle’s help in buying back the mill. Finally, Tom is able to buy the mill and he moves back in. Tom angrily breaks off all ties with Maggie after her elopement. Maggie comes to rescue Tom during the flood, but they both drown.