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The Mill on the Floss - Book 1: Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis

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Book 1: Chapter 3 Summary

Riley visits Mr. Tulliver to discuss Tom's education. Although only nine years old, Maggie is an avid and accomplished reader, and she discusses The History of the Devil, by Daniel Defoe, which she has been reading with the men. She glows under her father's praise.

Riley recommends that Tom study one-on-one with a clergyman named Stelling who comes recommended by the bishop. Mrs. Tulliver is concerned that Tom will not be well-fed or have his clothes looked after, but Riley reassures her that Mr. Stelling is married to a woman from a good family and will see that he gets the necessary attention. Mr. Tulliver questions whether a clergyman will be able to teach Tom what he needs to know about succeeding in business, but Riley sets him straight. He says that a clergyman is better educated than most teachers. Tulliver...

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