Philip is a sensitive and admirable character in George Eliot’s classic novel, who devotedly loves Maggie Tulliver. He is hampered by disability and feels indifference acutely, here likened to a chill wind.
‘… and Philip felt indifference as a child of the south feels the chill air of a northern spring.’
Source: George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (London: Oxford University Press, 1963), p. 177
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