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Timeline of Events

  • Before Raveloe

    In Lantern Yard, Silas is accused of theft; the congregation draws lots and finds him guilty.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • One month later

    In Raveloe, Silas is an outsider; after he cures a woman using herbs, people grow more suspicious.

    Part 1, Chapter 2
  • Fifteen years later

    Silas's hoard of coins is his only companion; he spends his evenings counting them.

    Part 1, Chapter 2
  • Before Christmas

    Dunstan takes shelter from the rain in Silas's cottage and steals his money.

    Part 1, Chapter 4
  • A few minutes later

    Silas finds his money is gone and rushes to the Rainbow Inn for help.

    Part 1, Chapter 5
  • Christmas Day

    Dolly brings Silas some lard cakes, and they talk about religion.

    Part 1, Chapter 10
  • New Year's Eve

    Godfrey dances with Nancy; Silas finds a toddler in his cottage and a dead woman in the snow.

    Part 1, Chapter 11
  • A few days later

    Dolly advises Silas to have his newly adopted daughter christened; he names the child Eppie.

    Part 1, Chapter 14
  • Sixteen years later

    The quarry is drained, exposing Dunstan's skeleton and Silas's money.

    Part 2, Chapter 18
  • Afterward

    Godfrey admits he's Eppie's father; he and Nancy want her to live with them; Eppie refuses.

    Part 2, Chapter 19

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1 Silas Marner is set when people still had spinning wheels in their homes. In those days, country people saw a pale man w... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 For Silas Marner, the move to Raveloe is difficult. He moves from a town set among hills to a village surrounded by the ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 The only landowner in Raveloe with any tenants on his land is the widower Squire Cass. Godfrey Osgood, who farms his lan... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 The next morning, as Dunstan Cass is riding to join the hunt, he passes Silas Marner's cottage and thinks of the rumors ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 5 As Dunstan Cass leaves Silas Marner's cottage, Silas himself is just returning from an errand in town. He'd had to leave... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 6 Before Silas Marner arrives at the Rainbow, the conversation is slow to develop. The men sit in silence till the landlor... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 7 The men in the Rainbow Inn are shocked at the sight of Silas Marner suddenly standing among them. It's as if he were a g... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 8 After the Osgoods' party, Godfrey Cass finds that Dunstan Cass has not returned home. This is not a surprise. There coul... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 9 When Squire Cass comes down—later than his sons—for breakfast in the morning, he finds Godfrey Cass waiting for him. God... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 10 Since the description of the peddler as having "curly black hair and a foreign complexion, carrying a box of cutlery and... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 11 The Lammeters arrive at the Red House for the dance. Nancy Lammeter, who has ridden pillion behind her father, is helped... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 12 While the New Year's Eve dance is going on at the Red House, Godfrey Cass's wife is on her way there. She plans to take ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 13 At the Red House, the party-goers have had their early supper, and the servants have come upstairs to watch the dancing.... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 14 The dead stranger is buried in Raveloe in a pauper's grave, and her death is not made known outside the village. Silas M... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 15 From a distance, Godfrey Cass watches Eppie grow, giving Silas Marner the occasional gift and earning others' "goodwill"... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 16 Sixteen years have passed. On a Sunday in fall, morning service has ended and the parishioners are leaving the church. G... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 17 Priscilla Lammeter and Mr. Lammeter have had Sunday lunch with Godfrey Cass and Nancy, and Nancy wants them to stay for ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 18 Godfrey Cass returns home with shocking news. Nancy immediately fears that something has happened to her father and sist... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 19 That evening Silas Marner and Eppie are finally alone in the cottage. Earlier many people had come to celebrate the retu... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 20 Back at the Red House, Godfrey Cass and Nancy agree that they cannot try to take Eppie away from Silas Marner. Godfrey s... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 21 At breakfast the following day, Silas Marner suggests that he and Eppie go to Lantern Yard. He wants to talk with the mi... Read More
Conclusion Eppie and Aaron Winthrop marry the following spring. The day is warm and sunny, and Eppie is wearing a white cotton dres... Read More
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