The Mill on the Floss Book 1, Chapter 5 Summary

George Eliot

Book 1, Chapter 5 Summary

Tom has come home, and Maggie can barely control her excitement. She runs to the carriage, and when Tom gets out, she throws herself upon him. Somewhat embarrassed, Tom attempts to break her grasp by putting his hands into his pockets and retrieving, but not revealing, a surprise he has brought home for her. He asks Maggie to guess what it is. Maggie can imagine only marbles, but Tom tells her that he has given away all his marbles to the younger students. What he has for her is better, he says. Finally, because Maggie has no more guesses, Tom reveals that he has bought her a fishing line. They will go fishing tomorrow, and she will have her own line and hook. She also will be able to place a worm on her hook all by herself. He...

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