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For it is only now that the nature of this whole reverie is revealed; and I think it is a testimony to the conviction with which the scene has been laid and animated that the reader feels a shock - perhaps of betrayal or at least anti-climax - with the turn from the second last to the last paragraph: It is time, too, for me to leave off resting my arms on the cold stone of this bridge.

Ah, my arms are really benumbed.

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I have been pressing my elbows on the arms of my chair, and dreaming that I was standing on the bridge in front of Dorlcote Mill, as it looked one February afternoon many years ago. Before I dozed off, I was going to tell you what Mr and Mrs Tulliver were talking about, as they sat by the bright fire in the left-hand parlour on that very afternoon I have been dreaming of.

I, The shock is generated mainly by the bluntness with which the deception engendered by the blurring of timescales in the present tense is exposed.

Momentarily, the sense of being caught by an old convention prevails - but only momentarily, for the narrator gets us into the thick of the conversation in the left-hand parlour and the narrative proper gets under way.

Knoepflmaeher rightly points to the Wordsworthian elements of chapter i of The Mill on the Floss: But there is another obvious literary analogy, with the dream vision.

Frequently the allegory deals with a notion of an ideal state, and frequently it has Christian impli- cations.

Bunyan used the convention in The Pilgrim's Progress, which clearly reverberates in Maggie's spiritual odyssey; and thirty years after The Mill on the Floss, William Morris more thoroughly revived the convention in News from Nmvhere - appropriately, given the espousal of a form of medievalism in that novel, and its aim of devising a secular Utopia. Of course The Mill is not a vision in the way Piers Plowman is, though like Langland's poem it is concerned with the disparity between an illusory and elusive ideal, and the constraints of the real; and it is pertinent I think to see George Eliot's use of the dream-vision as part of her trying to formulate her "religion of humanity" just as the medieval writers provided their own gloss on Christian teachings.

Rather, the dream which opens The Mill is a dream of recollection. Freedom from restraint on consciousness in this dream leads not to prescription or prediction, nor to the fantasy or allegory of "Kubla Khan", but to a kind of personal history which contrasts with the sorts of history - hagiography, chron- icle, social - mentioned later as interests of the narrator Book First, chapter xii.

The "Conclusion" to the novel returns to the vista of the Floss, but does not invoke the characteristic awakening of the dreamer imbued with enlarged understanding.

In any case it is not clear how the "now" of the "Conclusion" relates to the "now" of the opening, though again the passage of time, and its effects, are under discussion: Nature repairs her ravages - repairs them with her sunshine, and with human labour. The desolation wrought by that flood, had left little visible trace on the face of the earth, five years after.

The fifth autumn was rich in golden corn-stacks, rising in thick clusters among the distant hedgerows; the wharves and warehouses on the Floss were busy again, with echoes of eager voices, with hopeful lading and unlading.

And every man and woman mentioned in this history was still living - except those whose end we know. Nature repairs her ravages - but not all. The uptorn trees are not rooted again; the parted hills are left scarred: To the eyes that have dwelt on the past, there is no thorough repair. III, While we are told that there are some ravages which are beyond redemption, it is implied that incomplete repair is more evident in human lives than the natural scene, and in any case can only be discerned by "the eyes that have dwelt on the past" III, Those eyes are perhaps a little blurry, on the evidence of the end of the preceding chapter Book Seventh, chapter v: The boat reappeared - but brother and sister had gone down in an embrace never to be parted: We may be moved by the "clasped their little hands in love Such considerations apart, certainly the "Conclusion" modifies the basically calm nostalgic note of the opening where there is no inkling of lament of the kind which pervades the "Conclusion".

It is clear that there is a difference between the idea of a past time which can be recollected and recreated, with the emotional implication of wishing to re-engage with that time; and the idea of those aspects of the past which cannot be repaired or recon- stituted.

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While the difference does not constitute a discrepancy, it does perhaps indicate an evasion, an evasion of the conside- ration of the problems of change and the passage of time which the narrator enunciates as an integral part of his interpretation of the history of the Dodsons and the Tullivers. While the opening does provide the landscape vignette, the brief preparatory glimpse of the child Maggie on her home ground, and an intimation of the themes of time, memory and history, it does not I think have the assurance and complexity of the openings of other of George Eliot's novels.

It seems to me that George Eliot has another go, much more fruitfully, at a similar task of devising an overture in the "Introduction" to Felix Holt, where the rather awkward use of the dream in The Mill yields to a fuller counterpointing of past and present in the commentary on the coach traversing the countryside.

Who that cares much to know the history of man, and how the mysterious mixture behaves under the varying experiments of Time, has not dwelt, at least briefly, on the life of Saint Theresa. The problems of the individual's relation to her past are still central, but the predominant concerns are with the effect of the past in determining present and future action.

The historian in The Mill is mainly looking backward: The Mill on the Floss does include some quite explicit con- sideration of the role of the historian, as part of the delineation of the narrator. I have in mind Book First, chapter xii, where the narrator makes a more particular appearance than at the opening.

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The occasion for presenting "Mr and Mrs Glegg at Home" is to get their - and especially her - reaction after Mr Tulliver's rash decision to pay back her loan of five hundred pounds. It also is an occasion for the narrator to dilate about 8t Ogg'S: In order to see Mr and Mrs Glegg at home, we must enter the town of St Ogg's - that venerable town with the red-fluted roofs and the broad ware-house gables, where the black ships unlade themselves of their burthens from the far north, and carry away, in exchange, the precious inland products, the well-crushed cheese and the soft fleeces, which my refined readers have doubtless become acquainted with through the medium of the best classic pastorals.

The sarcasm of the reference to "refined readers" and "the best classic pastorals" is rare in this novel, and sits lightly and aptly at the outset of a section which heavily qualifies stereotypes of rustic innocence and simplicity, and challenges the reader's dis- tancing of himself from the people described.

The narrator presents himself as one well acquainted with the actual town of 8t Ogg's, but also devoted to its history, both as a local antiquarian the reference to manuscript accounts of the exploits of 8t Ogg-I, and as a chronicler of its history from Roman times to the present.

This history relates many vicissitudes, of battles and of floods, which contrast with the illusion of stability subscribed to by Mrs Glegg's contemporaries: War and the rumour of war had then died out from the minds of men, and if they were ever thought of by the farmers in drab greatcoats, who shook the grain out of their sample-bags and buzzed over it in the full market- place, it was as a state of things that belonged to a past golden age, when prices were high.

The Catholics, bad harvests, and the mysterious fluctuations of trade, were the three evils mankind had to fear: The mind of St Ogg's did not look extensively before or after. It inherited a long past without thinking of it, and had no eyes for the spirits that walked the streets.

And the present time was like the level plain where men lose their belief in volcanoes and earthquakes, thinking to-morrow will be as yesterday, and the giant forces that used to shake the earth are for ever laid to sleep. Potential for all kinds of upheaval is latent in St Ogg's, a place where confidence is often the product of wilful ignorance.

The effect of the passage is complex, questioning the way that tradition and historical record reflect the past, reflecting too on the way the present is interpreted by those experiencing it. In the pre- cision of the description of the farmers sampling grain, the view of war as a feature of "a past golden age, when prices were high" does not obtrude itself as a materialistic modification of a pastoral ideal- though such a modification is certainly part of the import.

Similarly, the recurrence of certain kinds of situation in various epochs is implied: And so the summing up: This was the general aspect of things at St Ogg's in Mrs Glegg's day, and at that particular period in her family history when she had had her quarrel with Mr Tulliver.

It was a time when ignorance was much more comfortable than at present, and was received with alI the honours in very good society, without being obliged to dress itself in an elaborate costume of knowledge; a time when cheap periodicals were not, and when country surgeons never thought of asking their female patients if they were fond of reading, but simply took it for granted that they preferred gossip; a time when ladies in rich silk-gowns wore large pockets, in which they carried a mutton-bone to secure them against cramp.

Mrs Glegg carried such a bone, which she had inherited from her grandmother with a brocaded gown that would stand up empty, like a suit of armour, and a silver-headed walking-stick; for the Dodson family had been respectable for many generations. But the remark about "ignorance was much more comfortable than at present" perhaps carries a vestige of hope that improvement can occur, while not permitting complacency about the likelihood of breeding out such superstitions over time.

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One of the lessons of history - perhaps the main one? Another clear implication of the whole section is that the assimilation of change by the physiognomy of St Ogg's - repre- sented by "that fine old hall, which is like the town, telling of the thoughts and hands of widely-sundered generations" I, - must partly derive from the insensitivity of prejudice.

The organic harmony of town with natural landscape must depend on suppression of discords. Similarly, a consensus about the details of the life of St Ogg, and about interpretation of the legend in terms of divine grace, must involve selection and sup- pression very likely there is a Darwinian note in George Eliot's discourse here.

The narrator elsewhere Book Fourth, chapter i makes a strong stand as to the best way of seeing any single thing, namely by recognizing it as the product of "a vast sum of conditions" II, , and here a few of the elements of the sum are indicated, as well as the difficulty of eliciting the elements and bringing them into relation.

Philip's and Maggie's attraction is, in any case, inconsequential because of the family antipathy. Philip manages to coax a pledge of love from Maggie. When Tom discovers the relationship between the two, he forces his sister to renounce Philip, and with him her hopes of experiencing the broader, more cultured world he represents. Several years pass, during which Mr Tulliver dies. Lucy Deane invites Maggie to come and stay with her and experience the life of cultured leisure that she enjoys.

This includes long hours conversing and playing music with Lucy's suitor, Stephen Guest, a prominent St Ogg's resident.

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Stephen and Maggie, against their rational judgments, become attracted to each other. The complication is compounded by Philip Wakem's friendship with Lucy and Stephen; he and Maggie are reintroduced and Philip's love for her is resited, while Maggie, no longer isolated, enjoys the clandestine attentions of Stephen Guest, putting her past profession of love for Philip in question.

Lucy intrigues to throw Philip and Maggie together on a short rowing trip down the Floss but Stephen unwittingly takes a sick Philip's place. When Maggie and Stephen find themselves floating down the river, negligent of the distance they have covered, he proposes that they board a passing boat to the next substantial city, Mudport and get married. Maggie is too tired to argue about it. She shows how their unsympathetic workings cause private and collective tragedy by the end of narrative.

The novel has frequently been acclaimed by critics and readers alike. However, this book presents a re-evaluation of the text with the help of terminologies borrowed from cognitive narratology in order to shed new light on the significance of one-track minds in this narrative. The book explores the mental functioning of the individual fictional minds, and examines how different modes of mental activities influence the interpersonal relationships between and among the characters.

Accordingly, the study argues that the main cause of tragedy in The Mill on the Floss stems from at least two factors. First, the central fictional minds primarily function on the basis of their self-centered thoughts and emotions, over which they usually do not have control.

O bildungsroman feminino na literatura vitoriana: The Books on the Floss: An Analysis of Maggie Tulliver's Reading.

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British Studies Centre, University of Warsaw Tom then lets it lie and refuses to go any farther with Bob, saying that he hates a cheat. It is mirrored perfectly in Mrs. Much of the chapter is concerned, like the last, with the system of education under which Tom suffers.

I, There are certain animals to which tenacity of position is a law of life-they can never flourish again after a single wrench: and there are certain human beings to whom predominance is a law of life and who can only sustain humiliation so long as they can refuse to believe in it, and, in their own conception, predominate still.

Their bodies are found and buried together when the flood recedes. She declines a bit of cheesecake because it is against her principles to eat between meals, but recommends that Mrs. Her first published work dates from this period.

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