Mrs. Moss is Mr. Tulliver’s impoverished sister. She has eight children, and the Dodsons think she has married “badly,” since her husband, Mr. Moss, is a poor farmer. She has borrowed a large sum of money from Mr. Tulliver, who thinks of asking for the money back when he needs it, though it would cause her family to lose their farm. However, Mr. Tulliver ultimately decides to allow her to keep the money and even destroys the note for the loan. Mrs. Moss reminds Mr. Tulliver of Maggie, and he hopes that by being kind to his sister, he will teach Tom to be kind to his own sister.
Mrs. Moss Quotes in The Mill on the Floss
The The Mill on the Floss quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Moss or refer to Mrs. Moss. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of The Mill on the Floss published in 2015.).
Mrs. Moss Character Timeline in The Mill on the Floss
The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Moss appears in The Mill on the Floss. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 8
Book 2, Chapter 2
Book 3, Chapter 3
Book 3, Chapter 4
Book 6, Chapter 9
Book 6, Chapter 10
Book 6, Chapter 11