Maggie Tulliver is an adorable and vulnerable child, full of dreams, emotions and ideas, both affectionate and affection-craving. Here she loses herself in the freedom and joy of seesawing on a tree branch, with nothing in mind but ‘a vague sense of jam and idleness’.
What a lovely thought! Wishing you many such moments, untroubled and easy.
And jam tarts galore. To be eaten idly.
‘ … she was seesawing on the elder bough, lost to almost everything but a vague sense of jam and idleness.’
Source: George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (London: Oxford University Press, 1963), p. 45
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