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Romola, Book 3

The last book of Romola actually focuses on the titular character more than on her husband, Tito. She became a disciple of Fra Girolamo Savonarola. Although sure she will never again be truly happy, Romola is glad to have “a … Continue reading

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The Mill on the Floss, Movie Review

The 1997 adaptation of The Mill on the Floss is adequate. Emily Watson’s portrayal of Maggie Tulliver manages to make Maggie’s fervent but constrained nature cohesive. Philip Wakem, as played by James Frain, was particularly good, sensitive and cultured. I … Continue reading

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The Mill on the Floss, Book VII: The Final Rescue

When she leaves Stephen, Maggie goes to the Mill, now occupied by her brother and mother. Her brother meets her with accusations: “You have been carrying on a clandestine relation with Stephen Guest, — as you did before with another. … Continue reading

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The Mill on the Floss, Book VI: The Great Temptation

“The Great Temptation” begins with a love scene between Lucy Deane (Maggie’s cousin) and her almost-fiancé, Stephen Guest. Lucy is a lovable person, very kind, considerate, and generous. She is “a woman who was loving and thoughtful for other women, … Continue reading

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The Mill on the Floss, Book V: Wheat and Tares

Maggie and Philip meet again, and it is quite obvious that Philip is very much in love with her. Philip is an interesting character, but I had to wonder, when did he fall so much in love with Maggie? This … Continue reading

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The Mill on the Floss, Book IV: The Valley of Humiliation

“The Valley of Humiliation” is the shortest of the seven books of The Mill on the Floss. The first chapter describes the respect for religion, but lack of true faith, of the Dodson and Tulliver families. Then it focuses on … Continue reading

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The Mill on the Floss, Book III: The Downfall

The third book of The Mill on the Floss begins by detailing how Mr. Tulliver fell ill. After finding that he had lost the lawsuit and is in debt, he reads a letter while riding home, informing him that his … Continue reading

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