The Mill on the Floss

“We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it – if it were not the earth where the same flowers come up again every spring that we used to gather with our tiny fingers as we sat lisping to oursleves on the grass, the same hips and haws on the autumn hedgerows, the same redbreasts that we used to call ‘God’s birds’ because they did no harm to the precious crops. What novelty is worth that sweet monotony where everything is known, and loved because it is known?”

-George Eliot (The Mill on the Floss)

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6 thoughts on “The Mill on the Floss

  1. lol. So true!
    How much the fear of the unknown increases as we grow up! Childhood – a wonderful phase when we are fearless of the unknown… because there is nothing which is unknown as such! We forget what we knew when we grow up. Ad what we actually knew becomes the unknown… what am I saying, Asma? I am experiencing a weird state of mind!

  2. that’s what wordsworth was saying in oe of his poems. I forgot the name. anyway, there are alot of things that make you something different in years to come. That’s what Dr. I.S was saying in one of his classes. That when a child is growing up, we teach him rationality and soo many things go missing when we do that.

  3. Dear Asma, what has been implied by citing the above extract from the Mill on the Floss? I have recently finished the novel and that passage happens to be one of my favourite passages of the novel. I would be delighted to know your notions regarding the above passage.

  4. Ali, I read it a long time back. Anyway, this passage makes me quite nostalgic. You know reminding one of all the childhood experiences. The love for the place where you spend your childhood. Moreover, when we are children, we live immediately, no sorrow is forever, every fight ends in a millisecond without any grudges etc. Plus children do not fear the future, they don’t, in essence, plan, or do anything thinking about what’s to come which makes them fearless.

  5. yes childhood is really a period filled with innocence and simpleton.one don’t have to worry about the shortcomings of ones plans and the pleasure of living in every moment is unsurpassed. the most important thing is that the heart is pure like an untouched jewel. when i was a student in the school , when elder brother used to say that enjoy this time for you will remember this as long as you live and now i understand what he was talking about then…it surely is a fabulous treasure and we must cherish it.and talking about being nostalgic i think its a good thing , gives u energy and force …..

  6. i think that George Elliot wants to say that the place where we spend our innocence is the place where we are loved and we can not possibly forget this phase of our lives bcz past , no matter how hard or cruel or happy and gay it was, it always engulfs the better of yourself.

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