Book 3, Chapter 2 Summary
When Tom and Maggie finally arrive home, they are surprised to find a strange man in the parlor, sitting in their father’s chair and smoking a pipe. Maggie has no idea who the man is or why he is there. Tom’s first reaction is similar until he remembers hearing stories about bailiffs being sent to homes that are about to be sold due to lack of funds. This thought disgusts Tom; in the past these stories were meant to impart the sense of complete failure, of a family sinking to a level of disgraceful poverty.
Maggie feels concerned about her father; she runs upstairs and finds Mr. Tulliver asleep in his bed. Only then does Maggie consider her mother. She has Tom join her in searching the house for Mrs. Tulliver. They...
(The entire section is 520 words.)