The Mill on the Floss Book 2, Chapter 4 Summary

George Eliot

Book 2, Chapter 4 Summary

Tom and Philip’s relationship has several different dimensions. On one hand, Tom continues to think that Philip, being the son of a rascal lawyer, is his natural enemy. He also has trouble getting over his repulsion of Philip’s deformity. It is in Tom’s nature to adhere very strongly to his first impressions. However, Tom has found Philip to be a likeable young lad. He likes Philip’s companionship on many levels, especially when Philip is in a good mood. Philip often helps Tom in his Latin studies, and he tells Tom exciting stories about Greek wars. Additionally Philip’s skill in drawing helps to draw Tom to him.

In the meantime, though, Rev. Stelling knows that Tom’s education will be limited by the boy’s...

(The entire section is 528 words.)