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Silas Marner In Chapter 19 of 'Silas Marner', Godfrey goes to see Silas to offer to adopt Epees. When he suggests the adoption, Silas reacts by "trembling violently" and when he speaks he does so "faintly". Silas is upset and because of his distress, he was silent for some moments when Mr. Cass had ended "powerless under the conflict of emotions". Silas said faintly to Eppie to speak and tells her that, he won't stand in hers way. We readers feel sorry for Silas as he feels like he has a knife in his heart. He loves Eppie and he can't reconciliate that he can lose the one thing that he has to live for. When Eppie refuses Godfrey's offer, Silas was again stricken in conscience; "For many moments he was mute, struggling for the self-conquest necessary to the uttering of the difficult word. I'll say no more. Let it be as you will. Speak to the Child. I'll hinder nothing" Silas loves Eppie enough to make her own decision. Silas tells Eppie that she should carefully think about the offer and be sure that she still wants to live among poor folks when she have a chance to change her life for the better and have the best for everything. As readers we know that Silas is not selfish and he is honest person. He would do anything for Eppie, including putting her happiness before his own. ...read more.


I have a natural claim on her that must stand before every other'. Godfrey believes that he has more claim than Silas does and also he tells he is Eppie's biological Father. We readers feel sorry for Eppie; she had to handle so much in a day. We feel sorry for Silas as well, because he was shocked from Godfrey's words. We can obviously see that Godrey is a selfish and without any conscience. It is ironic that he wants to do his duty how, when Eppie is virtually an adult. He chose to neglect his duty when she was a child so we do not feel that he has the right to demand to adopt her now. When Eppie refuses Godfrey's offer, Godfrey looked up at Nancy with "a flushed face and a smarting dilution the eye". In this quote we see that Godfrey was unable to speak anymore, because he didn't expected that Eppie to refuse his offer, particularly if she knows that Godfrey is hers biological father. 'This frustration of a purpose towards which he had set out under exalted consciousness that he was about compensate in some degree for the greatest demerit of his life, made him feel the air of the room stifling' Godfrey didn't get anything , feels that his plan has been foiled and it hard to be in the same room with Eppie how that she has refused his offer. ...read more.


As readers we see that Nancy is trying to support her husband as much as she can and she's trying to do everything to make Eppie come with them but Nancy is only thinking about Godfrey's wish to adopt Eppie, not about Eppie's feelings to Silas. At the end of the chapter, Nancy says "we shall come and see you again. It's getting late now" In this way she tries to cover her husband's rudeness by making excuses so they can leave. At the chapter end we readers see how much Nancy is trying to keep the peace between hers husband and Eppie. She sows that he is a supportive wife who want the same as her husband but she is more accepting when she discovers that Eppie will not live with them. Eliot described Silas Marner as a poor and working man who is a kind and honest and stands up for himself and speaks out against Godfrey. He is rewarded for looking after Eppie (Godfrey's biological daughter) by her love and devotion to him. Godfrey Cass -is a rich high status character and, biological father of Eppie. He doesn't care about anyone but himself. He doesn't like not getting his own way, gets angry very easily. Eliot describes Eppie as an honest and sensitive girl who loves Silas and doesn't care about money and status which Godfrey offering to her. She loves Silas and doesn't want to leave him Eliot describes Nancy as a good, supportive wife of her husband and tries to do everything to make Eppie to come with them. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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