Bright, willful Maggie Tulliver longs for acceptance from Tom, her obstinately responsible brother whom she cherishes above all. As their father falls ill and loses Dorlcote Mill in a lawsuit, Maggie and Tom are forced down two divergent paths in life, each dictated by familial and societal expectations. Wasting away in the Tullivers’ home, Maggie is soon inspired to follow her heart and lead a life of passion and impulse, which results in her brother renouncing her. As the siblings drift apart, only tragedy along the River Floss can bring them together again.
Featuring one of the most indelible heroines in the English canon, The Mill on the Floss is a powerful evocation of lost innocence, the casualties of family loyalty, and the regrets of youth.
Revised edition: Previously published as The Mill on the Floss, this edition of The Mill on the Floss (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.