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. Silas Marner by George Eliot
Silas Marner Chapter Summaries
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CHAPTER 20 - CONCLUSION
Silas Marner is introduced, and the reader learns his
backstory. He was once falsely accused of theft, and
banished from Lantern Yard, his first home. He loses
his faith, his best friend William, and his fiance Sarah.
Silas moves to Raveloe, and for 15 years he hoards the
earnings from his trade. His reclusive lifestyle, causes
him to be the victim of gossip.
Members of the Cass family are introduced. The reader
finds out that Godfrey Cass is hiding a dark secret.
Meanwhile, his brother Dunstan uses this information
to blackmail Godfrey into selling his horse, Wildfire.
Dunstan sells Wildfire, but before he gets the money,
he kills the horse in a careless hunting ride, impaling
it on a fence post. Dunstan staggers away from the
scene, sees Silas' cottage, and decides to steals Silas'
Silas returns from an errand in town to discover his
gold missing. Silas suspects Jem Rodney, a neighbor
known for poaching and goes to confront him at the
Chapter 6 is set in the Rainbow Inn, the local bar. The
men in the community are exchanging stories and
enjoying a few drinks.
Silas enters the bar and accuses Jem Rodney. However,
he learns that Jem had been there all day. Silas
apologizes to Jem and tells everyone what he knows of
the theft. The constable is ill, so the men go to his
house to be deputized and begins an investigation.
Dunstan fails to return home with the money from
Wildfire’s sale, which causes Godfrey to contemplate
confessing to his father. Meanwhile, the villagers talk
about the theft and come up with incorrect theories.
Godfrey finds out Wildfire was killed.
Godfrey is forced to tell his father, the Squire, about
Wildfire and explain that he lent the Fowlers' rent
money to Dunstan. The Squire is mad at first, but soon
changes the subject to talk about Godfrey marrying
It is Christmas time, and the people of Raveloe become
friendlier with Silas, feeling bad that he was robbed.
People visit him at home, and bring him gifts. The
Winthrop family is introduced; Dolly and her young
son, Aaron, become very close with Silas.
It's now New Year’s and there is a celebration at the
Cass's house. At the party, the men make conversation
and separate themselves from the women. Nancy and
Godfrey dance. Nancy is upset he has not asked her to
Molly, Godfrey's secret wife, comes to Raveloe to
confront him however, she dies in the snow of a drug
overdose. Their child stumbles out of her arms and
into Silas’s cottage. When Silas discovers the child,
she cries for her mother, and Silas finds Molly dead.
Silas rushes to the Red House with Molly and Godfrey’s
child. He fetches the doctor who pronounces the
child’s mother dead. Godfrey secretly confirms that it
is his wife and child. However, Godfrey returns to the
party, determined to please Nancy and pursue her.
Later that week, Molly is given a pauper's burial. Silas
decides he will raise the child himself. Dolly Winthrop
offers her help. Silas becomes very attached to the
child. They talk about christening her, and he chooses
the named Eppie.
Godfrey vows to keep an eye on Eppie and to take care
of her and Silas, as a secret benefactor. This makes
Godfrey think of his missing brother, the only one who
knows the truth. However, everyone believes Dunstan
is gone for good.
Sixteen years pass. Everyone in Raveloe has aged but
stayed the same, except for Silas, who became a better
man because of Eppie. Eppie gets Aaron to make her a
garden and talks to Silas about marrying Aaron. Silas
tells Dolly about his past.
Nancy’s sister, Priscilla, and their father go to Godfrey
and Nancy's for dinner. As they talk, Nancy discusses
her regret and disappointment that they don't have
any children. Godfrey has wanted to adopt in the past,
but Nancy did not.
Dunstan’s skeleton is found in the quarry with Silas's
missing gold. Godfrey returns home to tell Nancy
about his brother and comes clean about his previous
marriage and child. Godfrey and Nancy decide to go
together to Silas Marner’s to make the truth known.
Silas's gold is returned to him. Nancy and Godfrey
arrive, and they propose taking Eppie into their home.
Silas lets Eppie choose, and she makes it clear that she
will forever remain with Silas. Silas is relieved, and
cries with happiness.
Silas and Eppie go to Lantern Yard, which has been
replaced by a mill town. Silas is content that his old
life has been completely erased. Eppie and Aaron get
married, Godfrey pays for their reception at the
Rainbow Inn, but keeps the secret and doesn't attend.