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Silas Marner: Summary and Analysis, Author, Character | English Literature


  • Author – George Eliot
  • Mary Ann Evans
  • Seven novels
  • Adam Bede (1859) , The Mill on the Floss (1860) , Silas Marner (1861) , Romola (1862 – 63) , Felix Holt, the Radical (1866) , Middlemarch (1871 – 72) and Daniel Deronda (1876) .
Silas Marner


  • Published in 1861
  • “Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe” – third novel
  • Silas - displaced from his former home - accused of stealing money from his chapel
  • Becomes a weaver
  • Works sixteen hours a day
  • Two brothers live in Raveloe – Godfrey and Dunstan
  • Godfrey has a secret wife - opium addict
  • Dunstan – gambler, drunk and womanizer.
  • Dunstan steals Silas՚s gold
  • Molly carries her daughter in snow
  • One year old girl wanders into Silas՚s house
  • Named her Hephzibah, or Eppie
  • Sixteen years later, Eppie has grown into a lovely girl.
  • Dunstan is discovered clutching the bags of gold
  • Godfrey confesses that he is Eppie՚s father.
  • Godfrey and Eppie wants to adopt Eppie
  • Eppie claims Silas as father
  • Eppie and Aaron are married
  • Live happily


What does Silas name the one-year-old girl?

A. Nancy

B. Mila

C. Eppie

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