The Mill on the Floss Book 2, Chapter 2 Summary

George Eliot

Book 2, Chapter 2 Summary

Tom is home in time to share in the family’s Christmas celebration. However, the holidays are not as happy as they might have been. Mr. Tulliver is constantly in a bad mood because a neighbor wants to divert some of the water that the mill needs to properly function. The neighbor, Mr. Pivart, is new to the community and lives upriver of the Tulliver mill. Pivart wants to use the river, through a system of dams, to irrigate his fields. The Tulliver family has lived on the river and has run the mill for more than one hundred years, so Mr. Tulliver feels he has the right to claim the river for his purposes. However, Tulliver knows that a lawyer by the name of Wakem is planning to represent Pivart. Tulliver is very familiar with...

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