1.3 The rest of the
chapter is devoted to
sense of the rural
1.4 He suffers from occasional fits and
Jem Rodney saw him in one, he
lives in an isolated cottage. He is a
weaver and such technical skill is
viewed with suspicion by the country
people, he has "large brown
protuberant eyes". Marner does not
readily trust other people.
2 CHAPTER 2
2.1 Silas' early life in Raveloe
2.2 Highlights changes in Marner - "loveless
chasms of his life" - change from Sarah.
"hidden from the heavens" - change from
2.3 Tells of Marner's knowledge of
herbs and medicine - "the occult
3 CHAPTER 3
3.1 Introduction to the Cass family
3.2 Godfrey gives Dunstan
his horse to sell.
3.3 Dunstan - manipulative, blackmails his
brother "I might tell the Squire how his
handsome son was married to that nice
young woman Molly Farren"
3.4 Godfrey - "a fine open-faced,
good-natured young man", introduces
that there may be something wrong,
"Godfrey didnt look half so
fresh-coloured and open as he'd used
4 CHAPTER 4
4.1 Dunstan steals
Marner's money after the
horse is killed.
4.1.1 "the idea of Marner's money kept
growing in vividness, he wanted it to
become more immediate"
184.108.40.206 Tries to convince himself Marner might be dead.
He steals money and "felt an undefinable dread
laying hold of him
4.2 Leaves chapter with a cliffhanger,
"he stepped forward into the
5 CHAPTER 5
5.1 Marner discovers his money is
missing with a "wild ringing
scream, the cry of desolation"
5.1.1 Marner tries to believe "a thief
may be caught and made to
restore the gold
5.1.2 Marner's first interaction with the
community, goes to the Rainbow for help
6 CHAPTER 6
6.1 Conversation in the Rainbow
6.1.1 Introduction of rustic
Winthrop, Mr Macey
7 CHAPTER 7
7.1 Investigation into the theft
7.1.1 Silas is met with "madman" and "strong curiosity" as he
"opens his troubles to the community
220.127.116.11 They agree to help and go
with Silas to search for the
8 CHAPTER 8
8.1 Godfrey worries about losing
Nancy, thinking of her "looks and
behaviour" and decides to tell his
father about the rent money.
8.1.1 Godfrey "irritated at himself that he had trusted his horse to
Dunstan" tells his father Dunstan will "never be hurt, he was made
to hurt other people"
9 CHAPTER 9
9.1 Godfrey tells his father about the
9.1.1 Godfrey blames himself, his father "attacks Godfrey". The Squire
believes he may have been bribing Dunstan, Godfrey denies this "very
hot and uncomfortable", he does not tell him about Molly.
10 CHAPTER 10
10.1 The villagers support Silas;
Christmas party at the
Squire’s house without
Dunstan, who has
10.1.1 Introduction of Molly and Aaron
who visit Silas, beginning of
Silas' connection with the
10.1.2 Godfrey (literally) argues with "Anxiety" over what to do
11 CHAPTER 11
11.1 New Year's Eve party,
introduction to Nancy
11.2 Nancy is described as an attractive girl
and she has a warm personality but she
holds strong moral views. She has said
she will not marry Godfrey unless he
changes his behaviour.
11.3 Contrast with her blunt and
plain sister, Priscilla, who is
willing to indulge Nancy’s
wish to wear matching clothes
in order to show they’re
11.3.1 Interaction between Godfrey and Nancy; "I should be glad to see
a good change in anybody, Mr Godfrey," she answered, with the
slightest discernible difference of tone, "but it 'ud be better if no
change was wanted."
12 CHAPTER 12
12.1 Molly dies and Eppie
goes to Silas' house.
12.2 After Molly dies of a drugged state
in the snow, Eppie wakes up and
wanders off to Silas’s cottage,
where she falls asleep in front of
the fire and is found there by Silas
Marner. Following her footprints in
the snow, he finds her mother’s
12.2.1 Silas sees Eppie as his gold returned to
him. Shows Silas' paternal, loving side,
almost rebelieves in "some Power"
presiding over his life.
13 CHAPTER 13
13.1 Silas interrupts the party with
news of Molly asking for the
Doctor, he brings Eppie.
13.1.1 Godfrey realises his secret
is safe, he is free to be with
Nancy, as Silas wants to
keep Eppie - "I cant part
with it, I cant let it go, its
come to me - I've a right to
keep it". Godfrey offers
money for Eppie.
14 CHAPTER 14
14.1 Silas learns to look after Eppie
with some help from Dolly, and
learns to live again.
14.1.1 Silas’s love for Eppie and her bright and
happy spirit means that they support each
other. His devotion to her is sketched in by the
description of how he cannot punish her for
anything. He steeled himself to lock her in the
coal hole but she saw this as a great joke
and went in for fun. "Eppie in de toal-hole!"
15 CHAPTER 15
15.1 Godfrey looks forward to
marrying Nancy. He will
only help Eppie from a
15.1.1 Godfrey’s help only takes the form of an occasional cash
hand-out – as might be normal for someone in his
position helping someone who has adopted a waif and
stray. His thoughts are all on his future life with Nancy and
he wants nothing to stand in its way.
16 CHAPTER 16
16.1 Sixteen years later –
Nancy and Godfrey are
childless; Eppie plans to
marry Aaron Winthrop and
to continue living with Silas
16.1.1 Silas reveals to Eppie
and Dolly the stories of
his past - shows the
trust he has in them.
18.104.22.168 The change Eppie has made in Silas is clear, believes in God again, kind, loving.
17 CHAPTER 17
17.1 Gives a fuller picture of Godfrey and Nancy's life
17.1.1 Nancys blames herself for Godfrey not being "contented",
as she cannot have children. Godfrey has tried
unsuccessfully to persuade Nancy to adopt Eppie – without
telling her she was his daughter. "When you saw a thing
was not meant to be", said Nancy, "it was a bounden duty
to leave off so much as wishing for it." The absence of a
child has caused strain in the relationship, but has not
changed Nancy’s mind.
18 CHAPTER 18
18.1 The stone pits have been
drained and Dunstan’s body
is found, and with it, Silas
18.1.1 This triggers a confession from Godfrey and
he tells Nancy about his daughter. They go to
see Silas and Eppie and Godfrey reveals
himself as her father and offers her a home.
19 CHAPTER 19
19.1 Nancy and Godfrey offer to adopt Eppie,
Silas argues, but soon retreats and tells
Eppie to "speak. I won't stand in your
19.1.1 Eppie politely refuses, saying she "would have no delight in life any more if shoe was
forced to go away from her father (Silas)"
22.214.171.124 Godfrey refuses to accept this, telling Eppie there's a "duty you owe to your
lawful father", but Eppie still refuses, saying "I can't think I've got any father
but one." They leave, saying "we shall come and see you again".
20 CHAPTER 20
20.1 Acceptance by Nancy and Godfrey
20.1.1 Nancy remains kind and sensitive to her suffering husband. Godfrey sees the error of his
married ways, appealing to Nancy. She replies that her "only trouble would be gone if you
resigned yourself to the lot that has been given us."
21 CHAPTER 21
21.1 Contented acceptance by Marner that Raveloe is
his life and home, after he and Eppie visit the
much changed area that was Lantern Yard
126.96.36.199 Eppie and Aaron's
wedding, Nancy has
helped her get ready
whilst Godfrey "had to
go away". Eppie
finishes by saying "I
think nobody could be
happier than we are."