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Lili Mohr-Silas Marner

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“Silas picked up the pieces and carried them home with grief in his heart. The brown pot could never be of use to him any more, but he stuck the bits together and propped the ruin in its old place for a memorial.” 


(R)(C) This makes me feel really sad for Silas. When you have one thing that you cherish so much and that thing breaks, it’s like a piece of you goes with it. It also reminds me of the story we read, Stuff, about homelessness because they too didn’t have much to cherish but the stuff they had was so valuable to them. This was his stuff. 

“Hardly more than five minutes had passed since he entered the cottage but it seemed to Dunstan like a long while; and though he was without and distinct recognition of the possibility that MArner might be alive, and might re-enter the cottage at any moment, he felt an undefinable dread laying hold on him, as he rose to his feet with the bags in his hand.


(Q)(C) Why does he feel an undefinable dread if he has been thinking and basically plotting his whole walk to steal the gold? Is it because he doesn’t know the state that Marner is in? Also this whole scene just screams “Over the Garden Wall.”

The slight suspicion with which his hearers at first listened to him, gradually melted away before the convincing simplicity of his distress:” 


(E)(P)(Q) This is very sweet of the people to help him. I am surprised however because he did isolate himself and essentially went on his own. I have a feeling that they will try to help him solve the case, but what will happen if Dunsey gets involved? How will he respond if there is a search? 

“Home? No, and he’s better keep away. Confound me for a fool! I might have known this would be the end of it.”


(C)(P)(Q) I can tell there is a lot of tension between the 2 brothers. Where did Dunsey disappear to though? Also I feel like if Godfrey gets a hold of Dunsey then it will be the end for him because he betrayed his brother’s trust and Godfrey is sick of being blackmailed by him. 

“Silas said ‘Good-bye, and thank you kindly,’ as he opened the door for Dolly, but he couldn’t help feeling relieved when she was gone- relieved that he might weave again and moan at his ease.”


(E)(Q) So clearly Silas prefers to be alone and still hasn’t adjusted to being in the company of other people. Will he ever change this way of life.. Will someone change it for him? 

“This journey on New Year’s Eve was a premeditated act of vengeance which she kept in her heart ever since Godfrey, in a fit of passion, had told her he would sooner die than acknowledge her as his wife.” 


(P)(Q)(E) WHAT THE!!??? This dude has a wife and child and yet he is all in love with this Nancy chick that doesn’t even like him back!?? Like what is the world. Kinda awful of him to be doing this to his wife. Why did he marry her in the first place?

“He could only have said that the child was come instead of the gold-that the gold had turned into the child.”


(E)(R)(C) This is super sweet of Silas to think of the baby as his gold. This means that the baby means a lot to him, seeing how important that gold was. While some of the town may have been against him keeping the baby for himself, there wasn’t any type of foster care that would have bothered him like there is today, even though it can connect to the adoption process and impacts today. 

“Nobody was jealous of the weaver, for her was regarded as an exceptional person, whose claims on neighborly help were not to be matched in Raveloe.”


(E)(CL) The townspeople now think of Silas as an exceptional man. This is a drastic change since the beginning of the book. He has been more interactive with the town ever since he took in Eppie. She is his reason to be closer and more involved with the village. 

“It’s Dunstan-my brother Dunstan, that we lost sight of sixteen years ago. We’ve found him- found his body- his skeleton.”


(CL)(Q) Well I guess that we now know where Dunstan disappeared to. But how did he drowned with all the gold? What did he do that he fell into the Stone-pit? Will they give the gold back to Silas like the villagers say it will for his good deed taking in Eppie? If he gets his gold back how will this change things for him and Eppie?

“Since the time the child was sent to me and I’ve come to love her as myself, I’ve had light enough to trusten by; and now she says she’ll never leave my, I think I shall trusten that till I die.”


(CL) So in the end Silas did not care about the gold because he found something much better: himself and Eppie. He has put everything into her. She is his gold. He no longer cares about his past life in Lantern Yard and his unanswered questions because those unanswered questions brought him to where he is today and he wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world. 



Comments (2)

Sharon Murchie said

at 10:38 am on Aug 7, 2019

"She is his gold." In his isolation and anger, he held on to things (gold). But when he connected with people, he no longer cared about the gold. There's a lesson here, I think...

Renee Lince said

at 12:22 pm on Aug 13, 2019

On page 15, I found that quote very deep and moving as well because it was just a pot but there was so much sentimental value he associated with it. I find it interesting how much we value technically valueless items because of the moments and emotions we associate with them. There are connections to our old lives and past moments that are hard to let go of. Silas breaking his pot is sort of like ripping the band-aid off, but it's still hard.

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