As he turns to shut the door again, Silas has one of his cataleptic fits, and stands unaware and unmoving with his hand on the open door. He offers Sally an herbal preparation of foxglove that his mother had used to ease the pain of the disease. Afterward, Godfrey is not sure whether to be grateful that nothing seems to have changed or uneasy that he has had to tell more half-truths. Silas responds by glaring at them to scare them away. Godfrey tells Silas that he wants to make up to Silas not only for what Dunsey did, but also for another debt he owes to the weaver. The loom also foreshadows the coming of industrialization—the loom is a machine in a time and place when most labor was non mechanical, related to farming and animal husbandry. Never considering that Silas might object, Godfrey has all along specified that if he and Nancy were to adopt, they should adopt Eppie.
The narrator adds that Godfrey already has experienced this regret to some degree: we learn that Godfrey was talked into his secret marriage by none other than Dunsey, who used the idea as a trap to gain leverage with which to blackmail Godfrey. Silas, who goes from being a member of a tight-knit community to utterly alone and then back again, is a perfect vehicle for Eliot to explore the relationship between the individual and the surrounding community. The fact that Godfrey cannot act upon his emotions toward Nancy only increases his misery. Initially, Silas shares his hearth with no one, at least not intentionally. Dolly persuades Silas to have the child baptized, though at first Silas does not really know what the ceremony means.
The story of Marner's expulsion from society and his eventual redemption through the love of a child, Eppie, has powerful Biblical and mythic resonances. In response, Evans asserted herself as the true author, causing quite a stir in a society that still regarded women as incapable of serious writing. The boys of the village are drawn to the sound of his loom, and often peer through his window with both awe and scorn for his strangeness. There she met Charles and Caroline Bray, progressive intellectuals who led her to question her faith. Character as Destiny The plot of Silas Marner seems mechanistic at times, as Eliot takes care to give each character his or her just deserts.
Summary Chapter 16 The action resumes sixteen years later, as the Raveloe congregation files out of church after a Sunday service. She was sent to boarding school, where she developed a strong religious faith, deeply influenced by the evangelical preacher Rev. However, her father, unlike Squire Cass, is a man who values moral rectitude, thrift, and hard work. What are the differences between the happy and unhappy families? Knowledge Growing up, Eliot was exceptionally bright, and was, thanks to her father, educated beyond the normal level for a girl. Silas wondered if he had fallen asleep on his watch.
Macey - Elderly tailor and parish clerk. She is not unduly troubled by the story and does not wonder about her father, as she considers Silas a better father than any other in Raveloe. He does not feel particularly guilty about failing to claim her because he is confident that she is being taken care of well. He tells Nancy that dancing with her means very much to him and asks if she would ever forgive him if he changed his ways. The opening of the novel describes the fear that the weaver inspires in the villagers. When Godfrey is evasive, the Squire comes close to guessing the truth. In an attempt to find out what has happened, Godfrey rides to the town where the hunt started and encounters Bryce, the young man who had agreed to buy Wildfire.
Like the weaver and the pedlar and the knife-grinder, Eliot drew suspicion because of. Lantern Yard is the only community Silas knows, and after he is excommunicated, he is unable to find any similar community in Raveloe. Godfrey insists on accompanying the doctor, Mr. The Squire goes on and on, blaming his current financial troubles on the overindulgence of his sons. Eppie, however, says that she would rather stay with Silas.
Godfrey, greatly discouraged, turns to leave, and Nancy says they will return another day. Godfrey and Nancy leave, resigning themselves to helping Eppie from afar. Unlike his gold, which exacerbated his isolation and did not respond to his attentions, young Eppie is endlessly curious and demanding. The cottage now has another room and is decorated with oak furniture, courtesy of Godfrey. This confession comes years too late—by the time Godfrey is finally ready to take responsibility for Eppie, she has already accepted Silas as her father and does not want to replace him in her life. He is looking forward to the roast pork, a gift from a customer, which he left cooking while he was running an errand. What does Eliot seem to be saying about religion? Bryce and Keating — Dustan Cass fellow hunters.
His unwelcome attention bothers her, though the way he often ignores her bothers her just as much. He insists that she will be more comfortable there and offers to leave. Godfrey waits outside the cottage in agony, realizing that if Molly is dead he is free to marry Nancy, but that if Molly lives he has to confess everything. List of Characters Silas Marner — Weaver around whom the story revolves. Priscilla Lammeter — Talkative elder sister of Nancy. Despite these rumors, Silas is never persecuted because the townspeople fear him and because he is indispensable—he is the only weaver in town.
Since his gold was stolen, he has lost the sense of pleasure he once felt at counting and touching his savings. She replies that it would be better if no change were necessary. Having no other sense of purpose, Silas feels a sense of fulfillment merely in holding his newly earned money and looking at it. These efforts are only mildly successful. Dowlas, the farrier, asks how much money was lost.
They celebrate beauty and simplicity most often most often located in the natural landscape. Godfrey, however, is unwilling to take this step, preferring his uncertain but currently comfortable existence to the certain embarrassment that would result from revealing his secret marriage. The Individual Versus the Community Silas Marner is in one sense the story of the title character, but it is also very much about the community of Raveloe in which he lives. Lammeter — A tall, erect, dignified gentleman. It was an important-looking village, with a fine old church and large churchyard in the heart of it, and two or three large brick-and-stone homesteads, with well-walled orchards and ornamental weathercocks, standing close upon the road, and lifting more imposing fronts than the rectory, which peeped from among the trees on the other side of the churchyard:—a village which showed at once the summits of its social life, and told the practised eye that there was no great park and manor-house in the vicinity, but that there were several chiefs in Raveloe who could farm badly quite at their ease, drawing enough money from their bad farming, in those war times, to live in a rollicking fashion, and keep a jolly Christmas, Whitsun, and Easter tide.