Yet Eliot occasionally lets slip something bigger about history. Eliot uses the home as a marker of the state of its owner. Silas Marner is also in the departing congregation. Never considering that Silas might object, Godfrey has all along specified that if he and Nancy were to adopt, they should adopt Eppie. So do what you think is right.
These are the Novel Silas Marner class 12 Notes English Core prepared by team of expert teachers. Eliot wrote the novels Adam Bede 1859 and The Mill on the Floss 1860 before publishing Silas Marner 1861 , the tale of a lonely, miserly village weaver transformed by the love of his adopted daughter. 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. Lantern Yard The place where Silas was raised in a tight-knit religious sect, Lantern Yard is a community of faith, held together by a narrow religious belief that Eliot suggests is based more on superstition than any sort of rational thought. She offers to help Silas in his housekeeping if he ever needs it. He offers Sally an herbal preparation of foxglove that his mother had used to ease the pain of the disease. Silas realizes that Raveloe is his only home now, and upon his return tells Dolly that he will never know the answers to his questions.
In this respect he is similar to Silas. Squire Cass has died, but his inheritance was divided after his death, and Godfrey did not inherit the title of Squire. Instead of looking at him with repulsion, the townspeople now offer advice and encouragement. For Eliot, who we are determines not only what we do, but also what is done to us. What do moments like this suggest about Eliot's audience? It begins with an aimless argument about a cow, followed by a story from Mr.
Silas suddenly appears in the middle of the tavern, his agitation giving him a strange, unearthly appearance. He lives this way for fifteen years, until a sudden change alters his life one Christmas. Having wanted only to help Sally Oates, Silas now finds himself further isolated from his neighbors. Silas does not go to church on Christmas Day, but almost everyone else in town does. These memories occupy Silas until the child wakes up, calling for her mother. When he comes out of the fit—as always, unaware that it has even occurred—he shuts the door. To the horror of the church, Silas angrily renounced his religious faith.
Godfrey explains that since they have no children, they would like Eppie to come live with them as their daughter. The parson investigating the crime builds a case against the pedlar that is based entirely on hearsay, rumour and invention. Since his gold was stolen, he has lost the sense of pleasure he once felt at counting and touching his savings. Knowledge Growing up, Eliot was exceptionally bright, and was, thanks to her father, educated beyond the normal level for a girl. She replies that it would be better if no change were necessary. Silas responds by glaring at them to scare them away.
Silas reheat some of his porridge, sweetening it with the brown sugar he has always denied himself, and feeds it to the child, which quiets her. Godfrey tells his father about Wildfire and about how he gave the rent money to Dunsey. Dunsey meets some acquaintances who are hunting. How do the two approaches to novel-writing interact in Silas Marner? She has been adamant in her resistance, insisting that it is not right to seek something that Providence had withheld and predicting that an adopted child would inevitably turn out poorly. The community of Lantern Yard is united by religious faith, and Raveloe is likewise introduced as a place in which people share the same set of superstitious beliefs.
Likewise, this break with the past signals that Silas has finally been able to move beyond his own embittering history, and that his earlier loss of faith has been replaced with newfound purpose. Like Silas Marner, Eliot had a tumultuous relationship with Christianity. Class Raveloe, like most of nineteenth-century English society, is organized along strict lines of social class. The elder son, Godfrey, is handsome and good-natured, and everyone in town wants to see him married to the lovely Nancy Lammeter. What's the significance of Eliot's setting the novel fifty-odd years in the past? He is a simple and humble man, single-minded in working for a purpose — first his religion in Lantern Yard, then for his gold, and finally for his adopted daughter Eppie. He confesses the truth to Nancy about his marriage to Molly and fathering of Eppie.
Silas' old life has been completely erased. His intensely personal poetry, with its simple language and rhythms, marked a revolutionary departure from the complex, formal structures and classical subject matter of his predecessors, poets such as John Dryden and Alexander Pope. He sees no reason to confess his previous marriage to her, and vows that he will see to it that his daughter is well cared for. Unlike his gold, which exacerbated his isolation and did not respond to his attentions, young Eppie is endlessly curious and demanding. Fear of the unknown In the days when the spinning-wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses—and even great ladies, clothed in silk and thread-lace, had their toy spinning-wheels of polished oak—there might be seen in districts far away among the lanes, or deep in the bosom of the hills, certain pallid undersized men, who, by the side of the brawny country-folk, looked like the remnants of a disinherited race.
Godfrey insists on accompanying the doctor, Mr. Nancy responds not angrily but instead with regret, saying that had she known the truth about Eppie, she would have consented to adopt her six years before. His unwelcome attention bothers her, though the way he often ignores her bothers her just as much. The publication of her first collection of stories in 1857, under the male pseudonym of George Eliot, brought immediate acclaim from critics as prestigious as Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray, as well as much speculation about the identity of the mysterious George Eliot. Sally awakens in Silas memories of his mother, who died of similar causes. As she listens, Nancy cannot help but sympathize with Silas and Eppie, but feels that it is only right that Eppie claim her birthright. A motherly, comfortable, neighborly goodwife, who is hardworking and content.
After a little more banter, the Squire pointedly asks Godfrey if he has asked Nancy for the first dance of the evening. Tookey - Assistant tailor and deputy clerk of the parish. Everyone calms down, and Silas tells the story of the robbery. Godfrey takes his own breakfast early and waits for Squire Cass to eat and take his morning walk before speaking with him. He does not claim his daughter, and Silas adopts her. Almost all of the major events in the novel demonstrate this passivity. It was published three weeks later.