The Mill on the Floss

The Mill on the Floss❮Epub❯ ➞ The Mill on the Floss Author George Eliot – Misunderstood Maggie Tulliver is torn Her rebellious and passionate nature demands expression while her provincial kin and community expect self denial Based closely on the author's own life Maggie's Misunderstood Maggie Tulliver is on the PDF/EPUB ¿ torn Her rebellious and passionate nature demands expression while her provincial kin and community expect self denial Based closely on the author's own life Maggie's story explores the conflicts of love and loyalty and the friction between desire and moral responsibility Written in The Mill on the Floss was published to instant popularity An accurate evocative depiction of English rural life this compelling narrative features a vivid and realistic cast headed by one of th century literature's The Mill PDF/EPUB or most appealing characters Reuired reading for most students it ranks prominently among the great Victorian novels. Upon completion of the The Mill on the Floss I realized that I had just finished something monumental—a staggeringly amazing literary achievement This novel written by ‘George Eliot’ Mary Anne or Marian Evans and first published by Blackwood and Sons in 1860 could have just as easily been titled “Pride and Prejudice” had not that title been put to use already Some twenty four hours after finishing this book I am coming to the conclusion that Eliot may in fact represent the absolute pinnacle of writing in the Victorian Age This is not in any way shape or form a “Silly novel by a Lady Novelist” see Eliot’s essay “Silly Novels by Lady Novelists” Westminster Review October 1856 This novel is not of the “mind and millinery” “rank and beauty” or of the “enigmatic” species This is a novel in the finest tradition of Realism and I can’t help but think that it must have served as some form of inspiration for the later naturalism of Thomas HardyThis book should really be reuired reading for parents and brothers and sisters The story of the young Maggie Tulliver and her relationship with her older brother Tom and her parents is compelling and is one that we can all relate to on so many levels It warns us that actions things said or beliefs instilled upon the young can have profound implications for years to comeI suppose in some respects that The Mill on the Floss can also be considered to be the bildungsroman of Maggie Tulliver as Eliot clearly focuses on the psychological and moral growth of Maggie her main protagonist from when she was a little girl until she has become a young adult It is the ability or inability of Maggie to adapt to changes in her own life and the lives of those she loves around her that provides the main premise of the narrative In the spirit of full disclosure I began to fall in love with Maggie early on in the novel and loved her with each page that I turnedIn my opinion Maggie Tulliver is one of the most engaging and endearing heroines that a reader will encounter in Victorian fiction Eliot’s raven haired and dark eyed beautiful creation manages to combine the goodness sensitivity and natural curiosity of Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘Molly Gibson;’ the spirit and independence of Charles Dickens’s ‘Bella Wilfur;’ and the wit and humor of Jane Austen’s ‘Elizabeth Bennet’ Maggie Tulliver has a heart the size of the sun nearly as bright and burns just as hotly She wants to please everyone all of the time; and it is this propensity to love and be loved that leads to her troubles Mostly though Maggie desires than anything to please her older brother Tom; and in return to be unconditionally loved by himWe see an example of Maggie’s spiritual and emotional maturation in her heart felt and frank discussion with Stephen Guest a young man who has fallen head over heels in love with her even though he is essentially ‘promised’ to Maggie’s cousin Lucy Deane “She was silent for a few moments with her eyes fixed on the ground; then she drew a deep breath and said looking up at him with solemn sadness—“O it is difficult—life is very difficult It seems right to me sometimes that we should follow our strongest feeling—but then such feelings continually come across the ties that all our former life has made for us—the ties that have made others dependent on us—and would have cut them in two If life were uite easy and simple as it might have been in paradise and we could always see that one being first towards whom I mean if life did not make duties for us before love comes love would be a sign that two people ought to belong to each other But I see—I feel it is not so now there are things we must renounce in life; some of us must resign love Many things are difficult and dark to me; but I see one thing uite clearly—that I must not cannot seek my own happiness by sacrificing others Love is natural; but surely pity and faithfulness and memory are natural too And they would live in me still and punish me if I did not obey them I should be haunted by the suffering I had caused Our love would be poisoned Don’t urge me; help me—help me because I love you” These are the words of a young woman that has finally found herself and has reconciled the passionate and intellectual sides of her spirit Arguably one of the most elouent and beautiful passages I’ve read in some timeFinally like Dickens does with the Thames River in his magnum opus Our Mutual Friend Eliot weaves the theme of The Floss the river that binds together the peoples and the landscape of Maggie’s world through the novel with her use of metaphor and allusion and pastoral description The novel starts with The Floss and through the course of the book it is always there relentlessly flowing to the sea In some respects The Floss represents the things we say feelings we have or actions we take that get away from us; sometimes ‘flowing’ past us becoming irretrievable and lost forever Ultimately it is this connection with The Floss that Eliot masterfully uses to bring her readers to the close of this magnificent novel culminating in the great climax that finally defeats pride and prejudice and brings Maggie the redemption she longs for 879 The Mill on The Floss George EliotThe Mill on the Floss is a novel by George Eliot Mary Ann Evans first published in three volumes in 1860 by William Blackwood The novel spans a period of 10 to 15 years and details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver siblings growing up at Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss at its junction with the minor River Ripple near the village of St Ogg's in Lincolnshire England The river and the village are fictional عنوانها آسیاب کنار فلوس آسیاب رودخانه فلاس؛ نویسنده جورج الیوت؛ انتشاراتیها نگاه واژه؛ زمان دوره ی ویکتوریا؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز نهم ماه ژوئن سال 1989میلادیعنوان آسیاب کنار فلاس، نوشته جورج الیوت، برگردان ابراهیم یونسی، مشخصات نشر تهران، نگاه، 1368، در 628صفحه، دارای عکس، شابک 9646736416، چاپ دوم 1381؛تام، و «مگی»، خواهر و برادری هستند، که پدرشان آسیابی آبی دارد؛ «مگی» با «فیلیپ پسر مردی که پدرش با او درگیری مالی دارد» ارتباطی عاشقانه برقرار می‌کند؛ و «تام» از ماجرا باخبر می‌شود؛ ؛ آسياب کنار فلوس، با نه سالگی «مگى» آغاز میشود؛ کودک خردسال دستخوش ناراحتى است؛ ناراحتى از بابت موى صافش، رنگ پوستش، خلقتش، پريشانى خيالش، و از سوى برادرش؛ «مگى» نيز همانند پدرش صاحب آسياب ـ جوشی ست، و زندگى و خويشانش را، سخت «گيج‌ کننده» مى‌يابد، به ندرت، احساس آسايش خاطر مى‌کند؛ اما برخلاف پدر، نمى‌تواند گناه اين امر را، به گردن «دغلان»، و نابکاران بيندازد، و با دعواهاى حقوقى، و وام گرفتن، و وام دادن، و شات و شوت کردن، يا به شلاق بستن اسب، با آن اوضاع مقابله کند؛ در عوض عروسکش را به ديوار مى‌کوبد، دخترخاله‌ اش را در گل مى‌اندازد؛ «مگى» از همان آغاز، به سيماى کودکى با احساسات، و با خواهش‌هاى تند و پرشور و افراطى، بر صحنه ی واژه های «الیوت» پديدار مى‌شود؛ سرشار از شوق و تمنا، نسبت به آنچه خوش و خواستنى و زيبا است، تشنه ی دانش، و شيفته ی موسيقى، که در خواهش و آرزوى دستيابى به آنها، مى‌سوزد اما با همه ی کولى‌وارى، و هوشمندى و ذکاوتش، و به رغم همه ی آن نيرو، و تحرکى که از خانواده ی «تاليور»، به ارث برده است، دختر مادرى است «امل»، تپل‌ مپل، و درمانده، ضعيف‌ترين خواهر خانواده «دادسن»؛ تصويرى که «البوت» از خواهران «دادسن»، و شوهرانشان میکند، خنده‌ دار، و نيشدار، و پذیرفتنی است؛ خاله «گلگ»، و خاله «پولت»، و خاله «دين»، تيپ‌هايى هستند آشنا، اينها «گماشتگان نهانى» جهان برون، در درون خانواده‌ اند، و اين جهان برون، جهانى ست که به لحاظ نظم، و ترتيب، و ريشه‌ هاى ژرف، و پيوستگى خود بسيار جالب است؛ ملافه‌ ها، و فنجان‌هاى چايخورى، و قهوه‌ خورى، و مرباخورى، و املاک و مستغلات، لنگرگاههاى جامعه‌ هستند، و از دست‌ رفتنشان فاجعه‌ اى بزرگ است؛ خيلى زود درمى‌يابيم، که چشم‌ انداز مرگ، هم مى‌تواند کاملا تحمل‌ ناپذير، و یا آرامبخش باشد، البته اگر آدم بداند؛ ملافه‌ اى که روى او مى‌اندازند، تا در تابوت، او را به معرض تماشاى اقوام بگذارند، اتو کشيده، و تميز و پاکيزه است، و اینکه اموال آدم نیز، بين خواهرزاده‌ ها، و برادرزاده‌ هاى خوشرفتار، بخش خواهد شد؛ اما بدبختانه «مگى» نمى‌تواند، به نحوى رفتار کند، که مورد پسند خاله‌ ها، و شوهرخاله‌ ها باشد، يا به قيافه‌ اى باشد، که آنها مى‌پسندند؛ از اینها گذشته، به لحاظ خلق و خو، و مزاج، نمى‌تواند تنها خواستار وسايل مادى باشد، و به داشتن آن وسايل خرسند باشد، و بنابراين علايق و آرزوهايش، همچنان با اين جهان تنگ‌ نظر، که رود فلوس از آنجا، کالا را، به جاهاى دوردست مى‌برد، ناهماهنگ مى‌ماند؛ و ادامه ی داستان ؛ ا شربیانی There are characters in literature who are unforgettable Different readers will place different characters in the unforgettable category of course but I'd imagine there are a few characters who would turn up on the lists of a great many readers Anna Karenina for example Heathcliff perhaps Don uixote most definitely You've probably already thought of names to add to the list world famous literary characters I've either forgotten about or never heard of but no matter the exalted status of the characters who might figure on such a list I'm now convinced that George Eliot's Maggie Tulliver could hold her own in the unforgettable stakes which causes me to wonder what it is that makes a character unforgettable Already looking at my own short list I see some elements that those characters have in common being different in their thinking and mode of living and most strikingly the tragic destiny they share in one way or another though tragic Don is memorable for his comic side too and he managed to die safely in his own bed attended by his faithful SanchoBut back to Maggie Tulliver Out of the many tragic literary characters I've read about some of whom are also marked out by difference why do I place her immediately in the exclusive 'unforgettable' group? And why since she's such a powerful character didn't Eliot name the book after her as she did with Romola Silas Marner Adam Bede Felix Holt and Daniel Deronda? When I reached the end of the book I understood Eliot's choice of title better It's actually a very fine title The Mill on the Floss Not only is there a lilting music to it it also embodies the essence of the story the intense love Maggie felt throughout her life for her childhood home by the river Indeed there are some beautiful lines about the connections people feel to a 'place' in this book the thoughts for example that Eliot gives Maggie's father and which could well have been Maggie's thoughts too at an older age He couldn't bear to think of himself living on any other spot than this where he knew the sound of every gate door and felt that the shape and color of every roof and weather stain and broken hillock was good because his growing senses had been fed on themMaggie's growing senses are central to the power she holds as a character and they are the reason she is unforgettable She lives almost as if she had no membrane to shield her nerve endings she feels every moment of life with huge intensity in great contrast to her extended family the Gleggs and the Pullets and their paltry preoccupations with nest eggs and feather mattresses We get an inkling of Maggie's unusual sensitivity at the very beginning of the book which opens with an unnamed narrator dozing in an armchair dreamily recalling a child seen years before a little dark haired girl standing by the mill on the river Floss staring intently into the water Our attention is fixed firmly on dark haired Maggie from that moment and the narrator's meditation about the swollen river which begins as a simple description of the water but segues into what could be the thoughts of the child contemplating it traces the arc of the story in a few simple lines The stream is brimful now and lies high in this little withy plantation and half drowns the grassy fringe of the croft in front of the house As I look at the full stream the vivid grass the delicate bright green powder softening the outline of the great trunks and branches that gleam from under the bare purple boughs I am in love with moistness and envy the white ducks that are dipping their heads far into the water here among the withes unmindful of the awkward appearance they make in the drier world above Incidentally the narrator then disappears as a 'character' and we find ourselves in an omniscient narration We never discover who the narrator is this person who claimed to remember Maggie as a child but we understand that it is the same narrator nevertheless who continues to tell us Maggie's story because twice in the course of the tale the narrator gives a sign of hisher presence with an 'I' statement uite like the mysterious way Henry James sometimes slips an 'I' statement into an omniscient narrative So from the beginning our attention is on dark haired Maggie the girl who will later say I'm determined to read no books where the blond haired women carry away all the happiness If you could give me some story where the dark woman triumphs it would restore the balance I want to avenge all the dark unhappy ones The reader is completely behind Maggie in this desire to see the dark woman triumph And dark haired Maggie does triumph the river playing an unexpected role in her victory But the terrible irony is that Maggie cannot bear to triumph at the cost of the blond woman's happiness and the mill and the river become her refuge in the end as they were in the beginning A perfect story with a perfect title I suspect between this novel and Middlemarch George Eliot is becoming my favorite nineteenth century novelist I wish she were still alive so that I could write her fan lettersThe Mill on the Floss is funny and moving and philosophical Eliot does so many different things well; she's witty and detached and then she writes a love scene that makes your knees go wobbly Middlemarch struck me the same way it's incredibly romantic and then it does things with that romance crazy thematic plot things that sometimes make you feel like the author has punched you in the stomachI think George Eliot and Joss Whedon would probably get alongThe novel is also cool because it's sort of a novel about adultery without actually being about adultery It feels very modern and unflinching the so because George Eliot actually spent much of her adult life in a happy but socially isolating relationship out of wedlock so she had perspective on The SystemThe last couple hundred pages are incredibly intense perhaps the so because I read them in one go on a very long train ride most of which was spent on the edge of my not very comfortable seat It's one of those novels whose ending is absolutely unguessable and yet feels vitally important; Holy crap I asked myself how is this going to end and will I be able to live a happy and well adjusted life after I finish it?I'm still working on that happy and well adjusted part The ending well is it ever an ending Words like mythic and apocalyptic do not give it justice I'm still not sure how I feel about it in some ways she gave me just the ending I didn't want but she did it in such a way that I had to admire Also it is very very intriguing and makes me want to write essays about it which is usually a good thingGreat characters great plot great themes A very well rounded novel Ah the classic tale of Maggie Tulliver and the four men she loves How they destroy her how she destroys them and how they all end up irredemptively miserable Or dead In most cases bothSo why read it? Because it's beautiful Because it opens up your heart and mind in powerful ways Because you will LOVE and truly feel for Maggie Or just because you want to read one of those stories that makes you think See my life isn't that badMaggie is amazingly intelligent but she can't be educated because she's a worthless woman She wants to save her family from financial ruin but she's uneducated so she doesn't know how She wants to open herself up to friendship but family grudges prevent her She wants to follow the man she loves but in doing so she will betray her best friends and be rejected entirely by her society Pretty much her whole life sucks full of split alternatives No matter what she chooses she will make herself and others miserable This all proves that George Eliot is a woman capable of Thomas Hardy level depression And yes George Eliot is a woman don't feel bad it took me years to figure that outThe theme of the story is a struggle between passion personified by Maggie and duty personified by her brother Tom Maggie absolutely lives and breathes for Tom's love and approval However if she follows her heart and her passions her brother rejects her in fact he literally hates her and tells her so On the other hand if she stifles her own desires and surrenders her very self to duty she is miserable And Tom still doesn't give her any credit If there's one literary character I'm glad I'm not it's probably Maggie TulliverI was introduced to this story when I saw Helen Edmundson's phenomenal play adaptation at the Shared Experience theater in London if you're anywhere near London PLEASE VISIT THIS THEATER RIGHT NOW Edmundson drew an amazing allegory between Maggie's life and the old fire and water witch trials Centuries ago some genius came up with a brilliant plan of how to tell if an accused witch was guilty As everyone knows witches and ONLY witches can float in water Duh So you simply throw an accused witch into the depths of the sea If she floats she's guilty and you melt her flesh at the stake However if she sinks to the bottom and dies choking in water while her lungs collapse she's innocent Congratulations You've been absolved Now you can live out your life in wait a second Yeah I told you these people were geniuses There is no perfect parallel for Maggie's hopeless life filled with impossible alternativesI honestly can't think of a single thing that could have happened to make this story sadder And the most depressing part of all it's almost entirely autobiographicalI'm gonna go cry now Once upon a time I read an article that said that romantic love was 'invented' around the years 1200 by the Troubadours–those persons dressed in puffy pants walking around and playing lutes singing about their lady love By their songs they elevated the woman onto a pedestal and long ceaselessly for her–as a matter of fact– the whole point of chivalrous love being that it was never consummated – considering that the object of romantic love is not really a human being it’s an idealized image perhaps a fragmented memory belonging to a person we once knew – but of course it is not precisely known if from present life past life or even future lifeAs then as now – it was a sexist age –it was all about a man adoring a woman and the point was to idealize the beloved but never come down to earth for love’s trials and tribulations On a deeper level if a true search is done we might be surprised to learn that – not the fact that romantic love didn’t exist before that time hard to conceive of that truly – those people who invented it were actually singing to God a god or a deity or whatever had some supernatural powers not a woman I find this fascinating and in a way uite normal Times however perverted this sort of “love” and romantic love reached to be cover up for a yearning that is spiritual not necessarily a desire for a human person The essence of romantic love is about pinning – pointing towards something that’s actually not achievable on a physical plane One is in pain longing for this ‘perfect person’ who doesn’t exist and can’t have And as ever I find Kahlil Gibran’s uote resonating better “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding” Having to deal with pain not necessarily a suffering of the body then something deep breaks your heart and then you get an opportunity – hopefully if it is not missed – to understand and to develop compassion for yourself and others pain and suffering struggles and battles And then as the cherry on top of the pie love starts becoming available and let loose of the barriers within yourself that you have built against itThe first innocence is going to go has to go And it is good that it goes IF it continues one will not really be a ‘man human’ Nature lives in the first innocence only man is capable of losing it In a way it is a great dignity it is a glory – as only man is capable of committing ‘sin’ no other animal can Except for man all the animals birds and trees still exist in the Garden of Eden – they never left it actually That’s why nature has such beauty such peace such silence As it looks to be satisfied with the first “innocence” is to remain unconscious However Life being hard and difficult – as so it has been propagated down the centuries it is only by going wrong that consciousness arises But going wrong is not really going wrong because only through it does the consciousness arise All has to be lost Well symbolically to be lost it is always much better or preferred rather than in a tangible sort of way A flood an over flood however is really powerful It can wash away everything and make it pure crystal clear from the scratch – theoretically we can assume it practically it is never so pure any never a smooth surface never a clear shinning layerSo this is where Maggie is heading towards – she has to come to the point where all is lost God is lost heaven is lost – one cannot believe in paradise and one cannot believe that innocence is possible Only from that peak of frustration anguish anxiety is there a possibility of a one hundred and eighty degree turnThe first innocence is always with the child – as a matter of fact you can always see happiness around himher The child is the first kind of hedonist – if there is a belief certainly it has one – then there is eating drinking and being merry living the moment no clouds yet – his sky is clearGrowing up – the human goes into a chaos The old cosmos the oldfirst innocence simply falls into pieces; not even a trace is left Maggie became interested in higher things in knowing things We may doubtless say she ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge and she started becoming conscious She started trying to understand what thisher reality is moving into knowing and suddenly the doors of the Garden are closed for her Suddenly she finds herself outside the Garden and she does not know where the way back is – well at least for a transient period – she has to go farther and farther awayBut even for an old fashioned family the vision of life iscan be far complete even if superficially it seems it is linear unity then complexity then concentration then direction And the direction goes on and on the arrow goes on for infinity it never comes back That is how the family story seems to gothis is logical but not natural Nature on the other hand moves in a circle seasons move in a circle stars move in a circle man’s life moves in a circle Everything moves in a circle not in a line The circle is the way of the nature This is well emphasized both at the beginning and the closing of the novel The line does not exist in the nature Euclid believed in line; non Euclidean geometry says there is nothing like line in existence The line also is part of a bigger circle that’s all Still my suggestion is that evolution is spiral – neither linear nor circular In this way both are joined together the progress moves as if it is moving in a line because it never comes to exactly the same point againWould there be a conclusion line still? Yes certainly Would be like saying ‘Don’t go on playing with your wound’ This continuous fingering of the wound will not allow it to heal And who wants to look at a wound? That’s is to say – better to be happy become a flower bloomSo there seem to be three things that happened to Maggie she is in the dark night of the soul in a very unloving space – basically within herself That is why she has to be to feel to exist in a loving space but a loving space is anxiety creating it is conflict it is struggle because then a real person enters into your life And there is obviously clash and an overlapping of the boundaries; and all kinds of diplomacies strategies to dominate to possess enter There is great war – it is the way things are The loving ones start acting as intimate enemies But only out of that experience does one grow further – one becomes independent And assumedly now there is no need for love One can live alone and one can live alone as happily as one can live in relationship On this level there is no differencePS Oh Yes yesterday it was a full moon in Aries As per experts’ opinion this is a time to dedicate on themes of power initiation self healing rebirth Mostly ‘death rebirth’ and it is the power of re generation the power to choose again and choose wisely to change the form all together Experts again say that ‘Death of form’ is a gift because it gives us the opportunity to change what has bound us and limited our growth that is especially for those of us – mostly catalogued as free thinkers – we could be acting as magicians alchemists and avatars And then we are given the opportunity to journey through a most transformational period of our soul's development It can be dark and deep at times; but for a good reason we cannot go ahead without it It's high time to rediscover what is hidden so that it can assist what we see in our surroundings No hiding no shrinking from our creative power If it is blocked or lost in the chaos then it's time to reclaim it and own it Magic is all around us the freuency of change and the dark feminine gift of rebirth As for my part – I’ll use this beneficial aspect for a bit of business travelling to enjoy of the sun and sea absorption and hopefully some of the fine sand – not just dry stones and rocksIt was high time 😉 Maggie sacrifices love for family loyalty in George Eliot's aka Mary Ann Evans semi autobiographical novel The Mill on the Floss published 1860 The novel spans a period of 10 to 15 years and details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver siblings growing up at Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss at its junction with the minor River Ripple near the village of St Ogg's in Lincolnshire EnglandIn the introduction to the book ASByattEditor states No well known novel contains so much of the author's own life as 'The Mill on the Floss' All the relatives the humble life the attic the marbles and the fishing the gypsies the reading and music the uarrels and affection the father who loved his little wench—all are reflections of her own girlhood She had a brother whom she doted upon and feared who often thought her foolish and wrong He had refused to see her after she married Lewes so that we may think of this account of Maggie Tulliver's mistakes as a record of real anguish written by a famous Maggie to an obscure and unforgiving TomWhile Maggie is the main character the river representing broader society and the mill determine the flow and outcome of this tragedy There is never a moment when it can be ignored or forgotten The full impact and brilliance of the book is hidden in the plot construction says AS Byatt Invent such an entanglement of five human fates that a little child's finding refuge from the cold means the failure of one woman's revenge the innocent happiness of another woman the rescue of one man from despair the prevention of disgrace for another the escape from torment and at the same time the punishment of a third the suffering of an innocent wife for the selfishness of her husband the uniting of two sets of destinies No the plot is a masterly contrivance The story may be fitly called her most perfect workIn another review of the book the person writes Maggie Tulliver is one of the most engaging and endearing heroines that a reader will encounter in Victorian fiction Eliot’s raven haired and dark eyed beautiful creation manages to combine the goodness sensitivity and natural curiosity of Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘Molly Gibson;’ the spirit and independence of Charles Dickens’s ‘Bella Wilfur;’ and the wit and humor of Jane Austen’s ‘Elizabeth Bennet’ Maggie Tulliver has a heart the size of the sun nearly as bright and burns just as hotly She wants to please everyone all of the time; and it is this propensity to love and be loved that leads to her troubles Mostly though Maggie desires than anything to please her older brother Tom; and in return to be unconditionally loved by himIt is probably one of the most monumentally important books of the nineteenth century well in cahoots with the subjects in Charles Dickens's novels George Eliot brought a realism to her work which was traditionally only allowedacceptable to male authors The author also addressed sensitive issues such as marriage and the definition it brings to relationships It is a sad book for two reasons 1 the author had to write under a pseudonym and 2 the autobiographical story ends up in tragedy like a typical opera The river Floss in the end became the main character that it actually was throughout the book The e book that I've read had many flaws which regularly made the reading really challenging For the life of me I couldn't figure out what this could mean He's none so full now the Floss isn't said Bob as he ^ kicked the water up before him with an agreeable sense of being insolent to it Why^ last 'ear^ the m rni inw n m il i nil nn r sheet of wate r theywas»' ^y;'b'tItr^sai3'Tom whose mind was prone to see an opposition between statements that were really uite accordant but there was a big^ flood once wh en th e Round Pool w as made inEnow there was 'cause father says so However there were lighter moments so skillfully created which made this book a delightful experience I did not want to change or edit any of the text It is pasted here unchanged Maggie loved to linger in the great spaces of the mill and often came out with her black hair powdered to a soft whiteness that made her dark eyes flash out with new fire The resolute din the unresting motion of the great stones gi^nng her a dim delicious awe as at the presence of an uncontrollable force—the meal for ever pouring pouring—the fine white powder softening all surfaces and making the very spider nets look like a faery lace work—the sweet pure scent of the meal—all helped to make Maggie feel that the mill was a little world apart from her outside everyday life The spiders were especially a subject of speculation with her She wondered if they had any relations outside the mill for in that ease there must be a painful difficulty in their family intercourse—a fat and floury spider accustomed to take his fly well dusted with meal must suffer a little at a cousin's table where the fly was au naturel^ and the lady spiders must be mutually shocked at each other's appearance Another application of skillful wit It was not everybody who could afford to cry so much about their neighbors who had left them nothing; but Mrs Pullet had married a gentleman farmer and had leisure and money to carry her crying and everything else to the highest pitch of respectability The unforgettable but highly complex charactersMaggie Tulliver the impetuous contradictory and generous young heroine She denies herself knowledge and opportunities in her uest to remain loyal to her family Regarded as wild and gypsy like by most of her respectable relatives the sensitive and imaginative Maggie does not fit into the provincial society in and near St Ogg’s on the River Floss She worships her brother Tom who judges her harshly and thinks her unreliable She explains herself throughout the book and summarizes her own actions with these words Many things are difficult and dark to me but I see one thing uite clearly that I must not cannot seek my own happiness by sacrificing others Love is natural but surely pity and faithfulness and memory are natural too And they would live in me still and punish me if I didn’t obey them I should be haunted by the suffering I had caused Tom Tulliver Maggie’s brother Although never uick at school Tom assumes financial responsibility for the family when he is only sixteen after the father has lost his mill and home through a series of lawsuits Tom pledges to follow his father in having nothing to do with the Wakem family Edward Tulliver the father of Maggie and Tom and the owner of Dorlcote Mill An emotional and hot tempered man Tulliver engages in several lawsuits that in combination with other financial reverses cause him to lose his mill Tulliver must swallow his pride and work in the mill as the hated Wakem’s managerElizabeth Tulliver Bessy Edward’s wife proud of her birth as a Dodson and grieved that her husband’s temper and improvidence cause her to lose her home and furnishings She is dependent on the advice and opinions of her prosperous sisters Her pleading visit to Wakem inadvertently causes the tragic outcome of the familyExcerpts used in this review comes from this edition Eliot George 1819 1880 “The mill on the Floss” Chicago New York Scott Foresman and company 1920 iBooksIn the end the book deals with art and culture society and class gender compassion and forgiveness suffering religion home memory and the past choices family and love The Mill On The Floss was undoubtedly a fascinating often challenging read due to its length and all the different elements combined in the book However it was worth all the time dedicated to it Definitely not my favourite Victorian novel I enjoyed some of the themes and some of the scenes in the second half but I found the pacing strange and very slow at the start and the ending frustrated me George Elliot is both impressively encyclopaedic from Captain Swing to pedallersand narrowly individual education shaping young people to be able to do nothing in particular in this other tale of provincial life before the Railway Age One lesson here is thatNature repairs her ravages p490 but people don't The fatal flaw of bearing a grudge is passed down from father Tulliver to son Tom so underlining that The days of chivalry are not gone notwithstanding Burke's grand dirge over them they live still in that far off worship paid by many a youth and man to that woman of whom he never dreams that he shall touch so much as her little finger or the hem of her robe Bob with pack on his back has as respectful adoration for this dark eyed maiden as if he had been a knight in armour calling aloud on her name as he pricked on to the fight p266 so to Tom jealously guards his inherited grudge against the Wakems for whom it has all been just businessIt struck me that Elliot must have been a reader herself and I felt was defining her heroine in relation to a dozen others familiar to mid Victorian readers A Gretna green marriage or life as a teacher not for her girl Neither Villette nor the proper Victorian solution of marriage to the most eligible bachelor that the town has to offer or to the parish priest which itself as we know from Middlemarch is not an ending but only the beginning of a story for a woman of intelligence offer any hope here Elliot is much meaner with her characters Life for her is work without short cuts The plot of the family prosperity eaten up by a court case struck me as a bit Bleak House on the downside the eventual ending is foreshadowed very early on making it clear that is only ever going to be semi autobiographical at most Because the provincial girl we know did grow up to write a secular gospel in her novels as answer to Matthew Arnold's Dover Beach The sea of Faith may withdraw but literature covers the naked shingles of the shore Fittingly for a book in which education is a central theme although the educations provided don't match the needs of those taught in a world in which the central concern is to lend out your money at five percent rather than four whenever possible Maggie imagines a cross between sir Walter Scott an Byron as potentially satisfying but maybe Elliot is offering up her own books as an answer to life's problems we have in the vision of the ruined Rhine castles of the robber barons a sense of the insufficiency of medieval attitudes to the honour of debt and repayment in the modern age? Times change Does Eliot teach us how to live better lives in these changed times?On reflection I don't much like the great flood she uses to close the story just as in the inundation myths it suggests the creator has run out of ideas and can find no way of resolving the narrative having as per above rejected solutions that other authors found acceptable and so has nothing left but for to wash the slate clean Despite proposing herself as the answer to unsatisfactory reading this iss till an apprentice work in which character is stronger than plot for all that she disapproves of Novalis claiming that 'character is destiny' her story seems to me to bear out his suggestion since none of her characters escape the destiny which their characters point towards within this society 45Funny how the title of a book can put you off reading it making it sound boring especially to your younger self and how that preconception can stick with you through the years I felt that way about Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop until I finally read some Cather and I felt that way about this title A mill as a main ‘character’? And what in the world is a floss? The mill is a driving force yet Maggie is the main character and it’s easy to see the young girl as the portrait of a young Eliot Her love of and pride in her reading is tolerated condescendingly in the community; an intelligent woman is not a good thing as even her proud father makes plain to her From early on one senses the doom that hangs over Maggie a female dissatisfied with the limits of provincial life yearning for while fiercely loving her home and her family A passage about books and reading and a millworker not wanting to know anything of fellow creatures in the wider world had me thinking about Eliot’s continuing relevance though she is not mocking this man Eliot is empathetic toward all her characters telling and it is telling not showing in that 19th century literature way the reader than once not to think too poorly of this or that character even one I inwardly sighed over every time she appeared Though the ending is beautifully written and I realize it's of its time period I was disappointed with it especially with whom Maggie’s fate is ultimately tied to as I found the description out of that person’s character though true to Maggie and to the novel’s themeI can’t speak to Death Comes for the Archbishop—I still haven’t read it—but if I’d read 'The Mill on the Floss' as a young adult I have a feeling it would’ve been as precious to me as Maggie’s few books were to her

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  • The Mill on the Floss
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  • 18 September 2015
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