Silas Marner

George Eliot’s (1819-1880) short novel of 1861, in which the protagonist is obliged to leave his small religious community after being falsely accused of theft. He settles in Raveloe, where he works diligently as a weaver for 15 years and manages to accumulate and hoard a substantial amount of gold. The reclusive miser is distraught when his gold is stolen, but feels compensated when he finds an abandoned golden-haired toddler called Eppie. Marner looks after her lovingly, and she becomes far more precious than his lost gold. Eliot intended that her book should ‘set in a strong light the remedial influences of pure, natural human relations’.

Creator:
George Eliot
Published:
1861
Full title:
Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe
Forms:
Prose
Genre:
Victorian literature
Literary period:
Victorian

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