He releases Maggie and tells her that he thinks she must move to another town.
Lucy sneaks out one night, however, to come and see Lucy, and they embrace. Maggie Tulliver — nine years old when the novel begins and 19 when she dies in the last chapter of the novel — is a very complex and interesting character, who offers much potential for detailed analysis.
Maggie Tulliver is the protagonist and the story begins when she is 9 years old, 13 years into her parents' marriage. She appears in triumphant satisfaction when cutting her hair short. Ultimately,he admires her and is better for the chance to have loved her, and does not want her to feel any pain for his sake.
It is also not the only time the narrator glosses over pains of childhood to imagine it as edenic - at the end of the second book when Tom and Maggie have their loss of innocence, the narrator similarly idealizes what came before the loss. Maggie is desperate to hear news of Philip, but Dr.
Maggie's mother and aunts continually express disapproval with Maggie's rash behavior, uncanny intelligence, and unnaturally dark skin, hair, and eyes.
Having struggled through the waters in a boat to find Tom at the old mill, she sets out with him to rescue Lucy Deane and her family.
Maggie's unworldliness and lack of social pretension make her seem even more charming to St.
Lucy Deane invites Maggie to come and stay with her and experience the life of cultured leisure that she enjoys. It is not until she re- establishes a friendship with Philip Wakem, however, that Maggie can be persuaded to respect her own need for intellectual and sensuous experience and to see the folly of self-denial.
It is abrupt and a repetition of the pattern common throughout the novel - in the face of great trouble and tragedy, Maggie and Tom are overcome with their love for each other.
Though they did have happy moments of love and reconciliation in their childhood, they were fleeting, and so imagining them in such idealistic terms makes the whole resolution feel oversimplified.