Anyway, complications ensue when Tom tells his father (Mr. Tulliver) he's earned enough to pay off his legal debts. Mr. Tulliver is overjoyed, and celebrates by horsewhipping the lawyer (Philip's father) when he sees him in the road. This excites Mr. Tulliver so much that he collapses and dies. Soon after, Tom learns of Maggie's meetings with Philip, and orders her to stop, saying it would disgrace the family. Maggie agrees, and Tom takes her to see Philip, and forces her to tell him she can't see him again. He also makes fun of Philip's deformities, which Maggie doesn't like at all. So then a couple of years go by, and Maggie goes to visit her cousin Lucy, who has grown into a beautiful, and rather innocent, woman. Lucy introduces Maggie to her suitor, who takes a shine to Maggie. Maggie takes a shine to him too. Uh oh.
So that's where I am now. I'm worried about Maggie...she's been cruel to Lucy before when they were kids (she pushed her into the mud when mad at Tom). She loves Lucy, but her impetuousness got the best of her. I hope that doesn't happen again. Maggie needs to work at striking a better balance between her tendency to do rash and crazy things, which she quickly regrets, and her previous passion to repress her nature completely and deny herself any pleasure at all. She's like a pendulum that has swung between the two.