The Mill on the Floss Book 6, Chapter 13 Summary

George Eliot

Book 6, Chapter 13 Summary

A few days later, while Maggie is still visiting her relatives and helping her brother and mother move back into the mill, Lucy notices that her cousin seems depressed. Lucy thinks this moodiness is caused by Tom’s refusal to sanction Maggie and Philip’s marriage and Maggie’s subsequent self-banishment to the coast. What Lucy does not understand is that Maggie feels tormented by her attraction to Stephan Guest, Lucy’s intended.

Maggie believes she is going through the worst emotional battle of her life. Sometimes selfishness overcomes her and she questions what is wrong with causing Philip and Lucy to suffer should she and Stephan become lovers. After all, Maggie has experienced much suffering in her life; maybe...

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