Book 5, Chapter 5 Summary
Maggie and Philip enjoy meeting in secret for almost a year before they are found out. The person who gives them away comes as a surprise to them: it is Maggie’s Aunt Pullet. On a Sunday after church, Mrs. Pullet rides past the fields on her way to a visit with her sister, Mrs. Glegg. Afterward, she comes to see her more unfortunate sister, Bessy Tulliver.
Tom is home when his aunt arrives, and he is in an exceptionally good mood. He is even thoughtful enough to include Maggie in his invitation to walk outside with their mother and aunt. Tom has become more tolerant of Maggie since she has curbed her childhood tendency toward rebellion. Tom also is becoming proud of Maggie, especially after hearing flattering comments...
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