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George Eliot was an English novelist, journalist and translator, and one of the leading

writers of the Victorian era.


Her novels are well known for their realism and psychological insight.
A cool fact about the novelist is that he isnt actually a man. This name is the
pseudonym of Mary Anne Evans. She used a male pen name to ensure her works will be
taken seriously. Also, she wanted to escape the stereotype of women only writing
lighthearted romances.
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Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe is the third of George Eliots novels.
The book was first published in 1861.

It is a dramatic novel, which was written


during the Industrial Revolution and may
be a reaction to it.
In Silas Marner, Eliot combines humour,
jealousy and rich symbolism with a historically precise setting to create an extraordinary tale of love and hope. This novel
explores the issues of redemptive love,
the notion of community, the role of
religion, and the status of the gentry and
family. While religion and religious
devotion play a strong part in this text, Eliot concerns herself, as always, with matters of
ethics, and it is clear that for her, ethics exist apart from religion.

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Silas Marner
Silas is the main character and protagonist of the story.
When shunned from his town (Lantern Yard) and church after being falsely accused of
robbery, Silas is forced to migrate to another town, Raveloe, where he lives as a hermit
weaver. Soon his small fortune of gold becomes an obsessive endeavor. The monotony and

repetition of weaving helps Silas forget his old, unpleasant life, leaving him with nothing but
his gold. This all changes, however, when a blond-haired girl finds her way into his home and
heart.
William Dane
Silass proud and priggish best friend from his childhood in Lantern Yard. William Dane
frames Silas for theft in order to bring disgrace upon him, then marries Silass fiance,
Sarah.

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Squire Cass
The Squire, father of four sons, including Godfrey and Dunstan, is the good-natured owner of
the Red House. Mr. Cass is intent on keeping his family legacy intact and therefore is very
demanding on his sons, who never seem to live up to his expectations.
Godfrey Cass
Godfrey is the first-born son of the Squire, who eventually marries Nancy,
his life-long sweetheart. Before this marriage, however, Godfrey fathers
another child in a secret marriage to Molly Farren. When Molly dies, he
feels relief, but in time realises he must account for his deceit to those he
has wronged. After Mollys death, his child is found and brought up by
Silas Marner, who knows nothing of her family history until the end of the story.

Dunstan Cass
Dunstan, "a spiteful, jeering fellow who seemed to enjoy his
drink the more when other people went dry," is the second-born
son of the Squire. He sold Godfreys horse, Wildfire, then steals
Silas Marners two sacks of gold and soon falls into a stone pit
filled with water, drowning and leaving his body and the gold
hidden for sixteen years.
Bryce
A friend of both Godfrey and Dunstan. Bryce arranges to buy Wildfire, Dunstans hors
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Molly Farren
This woman is the secret wife of Godfrey and mother of his
child, Eppie. Once pretty, Molly has been destroyed by her

addictions to opium and alcohol. When she attempts to walk to


the Red House to confront Godfrey during the New Years party,
she dies from exhaustion, leaving Eppie to walk by chance ino
the home of
Silas Marner.
Nancy Lammeter
Nancy is the second wife of Godfrey. She doesnt know about his secret marriage and child
until long after their wedding day.
Eppie
Is the child of Molly and Godfrey, who is raised
by Silas after the death of her mother, at the age
of two. Mischievous in her early years, she grows
into a radiant young girl devoted to her adoptive
father.
Eppie replaces the weavers obsession with gold
and brings him back to a socially active life.

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Dolly Winthrop

She is the neighbor and friend of Silas who teaches him how to care for Eppie.
Mrs. Winthrop, though not very sophisticated in her speech or knowledge of religion,
persuades Silas to trust in God no matter what happens to him, good or bad.
Dolly later becomes Eppies godmother and mother-in-law.
Aaron Winthrop
He is the son of Mrs. Winthrop.
Aaron pledges to help Silas and Eppie with their garden and other household chores.
Aron marries Eppie at the end of the novel.