The Mill on the Floss Book 2, Chapter 3 Summary

George Eliot

Book 2, Chapter 3 Summary

Tom returns to school with candy in his pocket to help keep his mood positive. He is introduced to his only fellow-student, Philip Wakem. Tom is already familiar with Philip because they both went to the same school before transferring to Rev. Stelling’s private tutoring. At St. Ogg’s, Tom had turned away from Philip both because of the boy’s deformed back and because he believed Philip must be bad because his father was bad.

Philip is a bright boy but very timid. Upon being left alone in the room with Tom, Philip senses that Tom, like most other people, is afraid to look at him because of his hunched back. Tom sees Philip’s deformity (which was caused by a childhood accident) as a symbol of the boy’s...

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