Book 3, Chapter 1 Summary
Upon hearing that he has lost the lawsuit, Mr. Tulliver at first bears the news very well. He even convinces himself that the loss has not affected him. He knew he would not let anyone think he was crushed by the blow, but it surprises him that he is not pretending this is so. Rather than feeling bitter or angry, Mr. Tulliver spends all his energy making plans to ward off any calamity. In fact, his mind is so full of thoughts of what he will do next that it is unsurprising that his face feels flushed when he mounts his horse to ride home.
However, on his way home, the resultant facts all come rushing in on him, and he realizes how dire his situation is. Not only has he lost the suit, which will cost him more money than...
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