Book 5, Chapter 6 Summary
Three weeks after Tom found out about Maggie’s relationship with Philip, Tom again comes home early from work. Although his communications with his sister have ceased, neither of their parents has noticed the tension between Tom and Maggie. Both Mr. and Mrs. Tulliver have been too lost in their own gloom, still suffering from their losses of the past few years.
Tom, however, is in a good mood and calls his parents into the parlor. Once they are both seated, Tom asks his father to tell him the exact amount of money that has been saved. Mr. Tulliver gives him a figure, which is short of two hundred pounds. Mr. Tulliver comments on how frustrating it is that it takes so much time to save so little.
(The entire section is 525 words.)