Study Guide

The Mill on the Floss Characters

By George Eliot

Maggie Tulliver

Maggie Tulliver is a hugely complex character. Which makes sense. She is at the center of a...

Tom Tulliver

Tom Tulliver got a pretty raw deal. He had to go work a crummy job at sixteen, after his dad...

Philip Wakem

Philip Wakem has a few things in common with another famous Philip: Dr. Phil. No, really. Philip...

Stephen Guest

We had to wait around till the sixth book for him, but Stephen finally shows up to spice up the...

Lucy Deane

If The Mill on the Floss were a high school, then Lucy Deane would be the head cheerleader/class...

Mr. Tulliver

In another life, Mr. Tulliver would have made a mean blues singer with a hit song, "It’s a...

Mrs. Tulliver

The Tullivers really are a match made in heaven: they are both constatly confused by the world...

Mrs. Glegg

Most people have, or have at least encountered, a relative like Aunt Glegg. She’s the aunt...

Mr. Glegg

Mr. Glegg is married to Mrs. Glegg, who isn’t exactly an easy woman with whom to get along....

Bob Jakin

If we were handing out prizes for Miss (or Mr.) Congeniality here, we’d definitely give one...

Mrs. Pullet

If we had to pick someone, or something, to compare Mrs. Pullet to, we’d go with Eyeore...

Mr. Pullet

Once upon a time, a man named Mr. Pullet swallowed a cough-drop. It was the fifth time he had...

Mr. Deane

Mr. Deane is a bit like the little guy on the Monopoly game, the guy with the top hat and the...

Mr. Wakem

As far as arch-nemeses go, Mr. Wakem is kind of disappointing. He’s not super evil in the...

Mrs. Deane

Mrs. Deane is the hardest to understand of the former Miss Dodsons. She is the most removed from...

Mrs. Moss

Mrs. Moss, who is Mr. Tulliver's sister, is the representative of a world that we don’t see...

Mr. Stelling

Mr. Stelling is not really a bad person, but he ends up causing a lot of people problems. Like so...

Mrs. Stelling

Mr. Stelling’s wife is a woman to whom Tom takes an instant dislike. This is nothing new...

Mr. Riley

Mr. Riley is an auctioneer and a friend of the Tulliver family. Though he only appears in a few...

Mr. Torry

Mr. Torry is a wealthy young man who lives in St. Ogg’s. He represents the sort of gender...

Mr. Moss

Mrs. Moss’s husband is not featured in the book as much as she is. We know that he is a...

Luke Moggs

Luke is the head miller at Dorlcote Mill until the mill is sold to Mr. Wakem. Luke maintains his...

The Mrs. Jakins

Bob’s mother and his wife live with Bob in his small house near the river. The Mrs. Jakins...

The Miss Guests

These are Stephen’s sisters, who seem to operate as a collective unit, much like the...

Laura Stelling

Laura is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stelling and becomes Tom’s "playmate" during his...

Kezia

Kezia is the Tulliver family maid. She is very loyal to the family and continues to serve them...

Mr. Furley

Mr. Furley is Mr. Tulliver’s rather ineffectual lawyer. Furley is described as being rather...

Mr. Privart

The man involved in the lawsuit with Mr. Tulliver. Privart is Wakem’s client and is...

Mr. Turnbull

Mr. Turnbull is the local doctor who treats Mr. Tulliver after he has what is probably a stroke....