Silas Marner

The Weaver of Raveloe

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Author: George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)
Published: 1861
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 44.3
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Wrongly accused of theft and exiled by community of Lantern Yard, Silas Marner settles in the village of Raveloe, living as a recluse and caring only for work and money. Bitter and unhappy, Silas' circumstances change when an orphaned child, actually the unaknowledged child of Godfrey Cass, eldest son of the local squire, is left in his care.

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o or three large brick-and-stone homesteads, with well-walled orchards and ornamental weathercocks, standing close upon the road, and lifting more imposing fronts than the rectory, which peeped from among the trees on the other side of the churchyard:--a village which showed at once the summits of its social life, and told the practised eye that there was no great park and manor-house in the vicinity, but that there were several chiefs in Raveloe who could farm badly quite at their ease, drawing enough money from their bad farming, in those war times, to live in a rollicking fashion, and keep a jolly Christmas, Whitsun, and Easter tide.

It was fifteen years since Silas Marner had first come to Raveloe; he was then simply a pallid young man, with prominent short-sighted brown eyes, whose appearance would have had nothing strange for people of average culture and experience, but for the villagers near whom he had come to settle it had mysterious peculiarities which corresponded with the exceptional nature of


Average Rating of 4.9 from 7 reviews: *****
Henry L. Ratliff

(1861) Fiction / Ethics (Social/Religious)

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Plot bullets

  • Silas is a weaver. His introverted ways,almost catatonic moods and with, what seems to some, as mystic knowledge of herbs and healing, alienate him from other town folk.

  • Silas is ill-used even by one who he thought his friend. That friend, lets the blame for a robbery, he committed, fall on Silas.

  • Silas take sup abode in a new town. He is still an outcast and learns that money is his only true love and counting it, his only true joy. Unlike Midas, he must work hard for what he has. When it is stolen, he becomes even more morose and downhearted.

  • Members of another family in the town become his ruin and later, the cause of his salvation.

  • A little girl child makes her way into Silas\'s home and heart. Silas replaces his love of gold and disdain of people with loving care.

  • Time marches on and much is revealed as connections of people and events unfold around the life of \'Silas Marner\'


One of my favorites of all times. This book brings to light what is most important in life. A must read for everyone!


A really good book and makes for an interesting read! Brings back memories of my degree days!


This is a great book. It's about a man who regains his humanity by the loss of his wealth. A short and worthwhile read.


A beautiful book. Brings the memory of school days, this was taught in our IX and X standard. Thanks to our English Teacher of the X standard for making us fall in love with the book with her superb teaching.

Mike Bourke

This book was wasted on me in my school days. Firstly, it's a wonderful story aptly encaptulated in Wordworth's quote at beginning. Secondly, Mary Anne Evans' clear and clever prose is a delight to read.

Karl Reidelbach

I love this book, it takes me back to my high school days in 10th grade english class. I have looked for this book to download and this is the first time I found it. The story still takes my mind back to the scenes so aptly discribed for the reader to see with the minds eye.

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