The Mill on the Floss Book 7, Chapter 5 Summary

George Eliot

Book 7, Chapter 5 Summary

Maggie is alone in her room. She has a candle lit and is looking at a letter she received that day. The letter has added more gloom to her already depressed mood.

Earlier, Dr. Kenn had been forced to advise Maggie to leave town. He was losing parishioners because he employed her. The perceived scandal between Maggie and Dr. Kenn was threatening to destroy the pastor’s influence in his community. He had told her that she should go away just for a little time until the gossip cooled down. Maggie had agreed. She had no other choice; the decision was not really hers to make.

As she sits in her room, unable to sleep while everyone else in St. Ogg’s appears to have gone to bed, she wonders why she has been so...

(The entire section is 584 words.)