Eliot depicts the embodiment of loss through Silas Marner and his appearance throughout the beginning of the novel. Eliot manages to do so through Silas cursing that "there is not a God righteously governing the earth but a God of lies who testifies against the innocent." This quote explains four losses Silas has to endure, Silas's lack of faith in God. This leads Lantern Yards community to see this as a loss of mankind and then a loss in the society. Finally, through a lack of touch, belief, and connection with the outside world and its people Silas truly loses humanity. Silas's blasphemy can be viewed as liberating him from the grip of Lantern Yard's rigor and evidence of this is his carelessness in the use of a legal system against Silas. Eliot conveys a mood where Silas escapes his chains and breaks free from religious confinement, which is apt as the government left a religious census in 1861 the same year.
During the beginning of Silas Marner, he is viewed as anomalous and frightening. Elliot generates this impact by showing us how Silas does not fit in with the rest of the village and secondly showing us how Silas has a very anti-social conduct that distinguishes him as different and odd from what we would think is "normal." When Silas returns to his cottage on the edge of the village, local children "take their legs in terror." An intense anti-social behaviour gives Silas a sense of even a frightening character that the children spy on Silas, as if he were a circus freak and that Silas has a menacing glare to keep children away from his house. This only enhances Silas' isolation and denial to socialise with the members of the village