The Mill on the Floss

The Mill on the Floss


George Eliot

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Mrs. Pullet Character Analysis

Mrs. Pullet is closest to Mrs. Tulliver of all the Dodson sisters, since they share similar tastes in clothes and household furnishings. She is very emotional and cries easily, even at the misfortunes of people she doesn’t know. She is married to a wealthy farmer, Mr. Pullet, who indulges her zeal for buying furniture and linens. She also keeps a spotlessly clean house, which is why she is horrified when Maggie pushes Lucy into the pond, getting mud all over her precious floors.
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Mrs. Pullet Character Timeline in The Mill on the Floss

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Pullet appears in The Mill on the Floss. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 7
Tolerance and Forgiveness  Theme Icon
Mrs. Tulliver is relieved when Mrs. Pullet arrives, dressed in a comically large silk dress and accompanied by her husband, Mr. Pullet,... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 9
Women’s Roles and Social Pressures Theme Icon
Tolerance and Forgiveness  Theme Icon
...the house, Maggie has a difficult morning. In preparation for the visit to Garum Firs, Mrs. Pullet ’s farm, Maggie is forced to endure a visit from the hairdresser and to wear... (full context)
Tolerance and Forgiveness  Theme Icon
Garum Firs is a beautiful farm and house, but Mrs. Pullet refuses to allow the children to touch anything (in case they dirty her polished stairs... (full context)
Tolerance and Forgiveness  Theme Icon
...talks with the Pullets about the fight with Mrs. Glegg and her family’s financial situation. Mrs. Pullet says that Mrs. Tulliver was always her favorite sister—since they liked the same fabric patterns,... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 13
Knowledge and Ignorance Theme Icon
When Mrs. Pullet and Mr. Pullet visit Mrs. Glegg the next day to mediate the quarrel, Mrs. Glegg... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 1
Tolerance and Forgiveness  Theme Icon
...the Dodsons for anything, he now thinks Mrs. Tulliver should go to her wealthy sister Mrs. Pullet to ask for a loan. The narrator reflects that poor people can just as proud... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 3
Tolerance and Forgiveness  Theme Icon
The Dodson aunts and uncles arrive at the Tulliver house to consult about the family. Mrs. Pullet and Mrs. Deane promise to buy some of Mrs. Tulliver’s linen and china in order... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 5
Memory and Childhood Theme Icon
At tea with the Dodson sisters, Mrs. Pullet mentions Philip’s name, and Maggie blushes. Tom sees this and becomes suspicious. That afternoon, he... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 2
Women’s Roles and Social Pressures Theme Icon
...stronger than herself, since she has never felt that way before. Back at the house, Mrs. Pullet is horrified by Maggie’s shabby clothes and gives her one of her old dresses to... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 12
Women’s Roles and Social Pressures Theme Icon
There is a family gathering at Mrs. Pullet ’s house, in light of the good news that Mr. Wakem is willing to sell... (full context)