`But it's bad - it's bad,' Mr Tulliver added - `a woman's no
business wi' being so clever; it'll turn to trouble, I doubt.'
Rebellious and affectionate, Maggie Tulliver is always in trouble.
Recalling her own experiences as a girl, George Eliot describes
Maggie's turbulent childhood with a sympathetic engagement that
makes the early chapters of The Mill on the Floss among the most
immediately attractive she ever wrote. As Maggie Tulliver
approaches adulthood, her spirited temperament brings her into
conflict with her family, her community, and her much-loved brother
Tom. Still more painfully, she finds her own nature divided between
the claims of moral responsibility and her passionate hunger for
self-fulfilment. George Eliot's searching exploration of Maggie's
complex dilemma has made this one of the most enduringly popular of
her works. This edition offers the definitive Clarendon text with a
new introduction that gives an account of the book's place in
Eliot's life and the intellectual context of the time, as well as
providing close textual analysis.