Dorlcote Mill belonged: he was a man of excellent family, an irreproachable bachelor, of elegant pursuits,
had taken honours, and held a fellowship: Mr Tulliver regarded him with dutiful respect, as he did everything
else belonging to the church-service; but he considered that church was one thing and common sense
another, and he wanted nobody to tell him what common sense was. Certain seeds which are required
to find a nidus for themselves under unfavourable circumstances have been supplied by nature with an
apparatus of hooks, so that they will get a hold on very unreceptive surfaces. The spiritual seed which
had been scattered over Mr Tulliver had apparently been destitute of any corresponding provision, and
had slipped off to the winds again from a total absence of hooks.