Silas goes to the Rainbow, the village inn and tavern, to find someone of authority. The villagers seem to realize that the folks in power are not destined to stay in power forever, that they too are subject to the passage of time, even if the legend of Mr. Marner returns to his senses only to see what he thinks is his gold returned to him. He is a man lost to despair, inactive except in his arcane craft, without hope of redemption through either God or society. Marner stands up to Godfrey, saying that he passed up the blessing of Eppie when he had his chance, and that he has no right to the child now. The people are distracted by the pleasures of the season. For instance, she begins the chapter with Marner and Eppie in attendance at church, and she later notes that over the years Marner has been able to understand the sympathies of his old Puritan upbringing with the Anglican religion of Raveloe.
Chapter 6 does not provide particular information, but rather it gives a rich presentation of the character of the villagers, and thereby of the village. He ventures into town to a pub called the Rainbow, and tells the townsmen he has been robbed. But Marner refused their requests, and they concluded that he did not want to help them. What would the point be now of confessing the truth and losing what he has finally gained: his happiness with Nancy Lammeter? Marner, too, in his dark days, was a man without a past. Summary of Part One, Chapters 1-7 Imagine a weaver, working alone in a simple cottage. Sixteen years pass, and Eppie grows up to be the pride of the village.
The previous owner of the Warrens had been , who built an enormous stable to house his horses. Nancy's selfless devotion to her husband leads to some other problems for Nancy. In every case Marner is portrayed as more articulate, understanding, sociable and happy. But while the presence of a child in Marner's life has made him perhaps the happiest, most contented man in Raveloe, the absence of children in Godfrey's life has made him one of the most regretful men there. Godfrey no longer has any right to the child. There is the strong suggestion that Silas' best friend, William Dane, has framed him, since Silas had lent his pocket knife to William shortly before the crime was committed. And with Dunstan lies Marner's gold coins.
When Uriah is killed as expected, David takes Bathsheba as one of his wives. The advancing technology allowed goods, such as woven cotton products, to be produced more quickly and on a larger scale. Godfrey Cass is now free to marry Nancy, but continues to conceal the fact of his previous marriage—and child—from her. Summary: Chapter 6 The conversation in the tavern is quite animated by the time Silas arrives, though it has taken a while to get up to speed. He is falsely accused of stealing the congregation's funds while watching over the very ill deacon.
Macey: the clerk at the local church, a tailor, very elderly by the end of the novel. He built a massive, ostentatious stable on the Warrens. Silas Marner is impossible to mistake in the church congregation, although his posture, white hair, and near-sightedness are marks of age beyond his actual years. Silas follows her tracks in the snow and discovers the woman dead. Priscilla's relationship to her father, by the way, echoes Eppie's taking care of Silas; both are a joy to their fathers, without whom the elderly gentlemen would be quite at a loss.
Nancy says that she is unhappy because Godfrey is unhappy, expressing the fact that her happiness and unhappiness are bound to those of her husband. Molly Farren Godfrey Cass's wife, whom he married without his father's knowledge and who lives apart from him in Batherley with their child. Jeff Nunokawa analyses ideas about physical touch, with respect to Silas Marner's handling of his gold compared to his raising of Eppie, and connects them to sexual and sensual themes. Godfrey, irritated, exclaims that he has a claim on Eppie because she is his child and her mother was his wife. Winthrop says they must be good letters to appear in church. His is no overwhelming triumph, but a believable, human one. William Dane Silas Marner's treacherous best friend when they were young men in the community of Lantern Yard.
After his son died at sixteen--and he himself soon after--the stable reportedly became haunted with his mad, grieving ghost. Kimble, she is well respected in Raveloe. Texas Studies in Literature and Language. Nobody thinks much of Dunstan Cass's absence. Chapter Eight As Marner and his impromptu posse begin their investigation, we return to , who is just returning from Mrs. This two-fold condemnation-not only by the treachery of his best friend but also by the community of God-destroyed the young Marner's faith completely. He and his friends are Dissenters, Christians who don't belong to the state-sponsored Anglican Church that was and is dominant in England.
The setting of the novel is critical. Kimble on the walk back and lies easily about his willingness to leave the party. For instance, we see consequences attached to actions. He's depressed all through Christmas, and then New Year's arrives. Readers know, however, that her father is not so uninterested in her as she imagines.
Eppie marries a good young man, Aaron, and they live with Silas Marner in his cottage that Godfrey has helped improve. Godfrey seems to think that he can once again short-circuit the logic of fate and retribution by simply adopting a child who is biologically his. Godfrey Cass looks at the ghastly apparition of Marner holding his child and nearly passes out from the shock. . Through this exchange, the novel asks: who has claim over a child? There is a power working for their betterment, they agree, which one must always trust, even in the face of miserable times.