The Mill on the Floss Book 2, Chapter 1 Summary

George Eliot

Book 2, Chapter 1 Summary

Tom Tulliver has left home and is entrenched in his studies at King’s Lorton, his private school. Reverend Walter Stelling is his teacher; he insists that Tom not only learn Latin but also correct usage and pronunciation of the English language. This makes Tom nervous; he is never able to relax, even at the dinner table, because Rev. Stelling is always correcting him. Tom is the only student at present. Rev. Stelling is the only teacher. They are together through most of the day.

Mr. Stelling is not severe, but he is insistent. A broad-chested man of near thirty, with blond hair and large gray eyes, Rev. Stelling is very self-confident. His dreams are more inclined toward education than religion, though he is a...

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