Silas Marner

How does the athor describe chance? What kind of person resorts to chance? How does this discussion relate to Godfrey?

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Godfrey entrusts his fate to chance, hoping against hope that by some miracle he will be able to rid himself of all his burdens and gain all that he desires in one fell swoop. Eliot expands upon Godfrey's notion of chance, calling "Favourable Chance" the "god of all men who follow their own devices instead of obeying a law they believe in." Eliot closes Chapter 9 with a kind of mini-essay on Favourable Chance. The capitalization of the words is itself a mockery, suggesting that folks in Godfrey's extreme position look upon even the random pattern of luck with abstract awe. Dunstan seems to have all the luck without ever asking for it, while Godfrey, who does nothing but pray for luck all day, never gets it. Thus Dunstan has already been associated with Favourable Chance. As the novel develops, we see more and more how akin Dunstan and Chance really are. They both seem immune to injury or repercussion. As Godfrey says of Dunstan in Chapter 8: "He'll never be hurt-he's made to hurt other people." The same might be said of Chance. And Godfrey, unable to stand for his own life, entrusts his future happiness to both of those slippery entities, Chance and Dunstan. It becomes clear that Chance, for those in Godfrey's shoes, is not to be trusted.