The Mill on the Floss Book 5, Chapter 1 Summary

George Eliot

Book 5, Chapter 1 Summary

Maggie is now seventeen; she is sitting in the parlor when she sees Mr. Wakem ride up the path. Someone is with him. When they come closer to the house, Maggie recognizes Philip, Wakem’s son. Maggie feels too embarrassed to see him, especially with his father and her father close by, so she takes her books and goes upstairs to her room. But she wonders how Philip might have changed. She knows he has spent years abroad and thinks he might not even remember her. Philip might have no desire to talk to her.

As she stares at Philip from her bedroom window, Maggie notices that his looks have barely changed. He is bigger but still has a young boy’s features, emphasized by his large gray eyes and wavy dark hair. She...

(The entire section is 521 words.)