Silas Marner

Characters

  • Silas Marner: a weaver and miser who is cast out of Lantern Yard by his treacherous friend William Dane, and accumulates a small fortune only to have it stolen by Dunstan Cass. Despite these misfortunes, he finds his faith and virtue by the arrival of young Eppie (daughter of Godfrey Cass).
  • Godfrey Cass: eldest son of the local squire, who is being constantly blackmailed by his dissolute brother Dunstan over his secret marriage to Molly. When Molly dies, he feels relief, but in time realizes he must account for his deceit to those he has wronged..
  • Dunstan Cass: second eldest son of the local squire. He constantly blackmails his older brother. He has a rotten heart, and steals Silas' gold after killing his older brother's horse accidentally.
  • Molly Farren: Godfrey's first (and secret) wife, who has a child by him. She dies in the attempt to reveal their relationship and ruin Godfrey, leaving the child, Eppie, to wander into Silas' life.
  • Eppie: daughter of Molly and Godfrey, who is cared for by Silas after the death of her mother. Mischievous in her early years, she grows into a radiant young girl devoted to her adoptive father.
  • Nancy Cass (née Lammeter): Godfrey Cass' second wife, a morally and socially respectable young woman.
  • Aaron Winthrop: son of Dolly, who marries Eppie at the end of the novel.
  • Dolly Winthrop: mother to Aaron; godmother to Eppie. Sympathetic to Silas.
  • William Dane: William Dane is Silas' former best friend, who looked after and respected Silas in Lantern Yard. William ultimately betrays Silas by framing him for theft and marrying Silas' fiancée Sarah after Silas is exiled from Lantern Yard.
  • Sarah: Silas' fiancée in Lantern Yard, who subsequently marries his treacherous friend William Dane.
  • Mr. Macey: the clerk at the local church.

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