Plot summary[ edit ] The novel is set in the early years of the 19th century. Silas Marner, a weaver, is a member of a small Calvinist congregation in Lantern Yard, a slum street in Northern England. Two clues are given against Silas: Lots are drawn in the belief - shared by Silas - that God will direct the process and establish the truth.
He is viewed with distrust by the local people because he comes from a distant part of the country. In addition, he lives completely alone, and he has been known to have strange fits.
For fifteen years he has lived like this. Fifteen years earlier, Silas was a respected member of a church at Lantern Yard in a city to the north.
His fits were regarded there as a mark of special closeness to the Holy Spirit. He had a close friend named William Dane, and he was engaged to marry a serving girl named Sarah. But one day the elder deacon fell ill and had to be tended day and night by members of the congregation, as he was a childless widower.
During Silas' watch, a bag of money disappears from a drawer by the deacon's bed.
Silas' knife is found in the drawer, but Silas swears he is innocent and asks that his room be searched. The empty bag is found there by William Dane.
Then Silas remembers that he last used the knife to cut a strap for William, but he says nothing to the others. In order to find out the truth, the church members resort to prayer and drawing of lots, and the lots declare Silas guilty. Silas, betrayed by his friend and now by his God, declares that there is no just God.
He is sure that Sarah will desert him too, and he takes refuge in his work. He soon receives word from Sarah that their engagement is ended, and a month later she marries William Dane.
Soon afterward Silas leaves Lantern Yard. He settles in Raveloe, where he feels hidden even from God. His work is at first his only solace, but soon he begins to receive gold for his cloth; the gold gives him a kind of companionship. He works harder and harder to earn more of it and stores it in a bag beneath his floor.
His contacts with humanity wither. Once he gives help to a woman who is ill by treating her with herbs as his mother taught him, but this action gives him a reputation as a maker of charms.
People come for miles to ask his help, and he cannot give any. As a result, he is believed to cause other misfortunes and be in league with the devil.
After that, Silas is more alone than ever. The greatest man of Raveloe is Squire Cass. His wife is dead, and his sons are left to their own devices.The chief characters mentioned in this book include Silas Marner, Dunstan Cass, Priscilla Lammeter, Eppie, Dolly Winthrop, Godfrey Cass, William Dane, Aaron Winthrop, Squire Cass, etc.
Author Eliot has done the book’s setting in the UK. George Eliot's Silas Marner is an engaging novel intertwining money, sex, and family feuds during the 18th century.
The title character is a friendless weaver who cares only for his cache of gold. He is ultimately redeemed through his love for Eppie, an abandoned golden-haired baby girl, whom he discovers shortly after he is robbed and rears as his own child.
Silas Marner is to a certain extent a historical novel — that is, the setting is a time already past when the book was written, "the days when the spinning-wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses." However, Eliot is being ironic in saying that the book will express a state of mind "no longer to be found," meaning the distrust of strangers, the.
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