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I enjoyed the novel and I found the story line intriguing. While I was reading the story it was hard for me to not want to learn more about the two boys’ personality and coping methods. It was definitely amusing to see how ignorant the small prince was and how he knew nothing about the real world before the switch. One of my favorite lines was when Edward and Tom were talking about the people who took care of the prince. When Edward found out that Tom didn’t have a servant to care for him he asked simply, “And prithee, why not? Who helpeth them undress at night? Who attireth them when they rise?” The way Twain portrayed the different boys really brought forward the point of understanding and brought a whole new meaning to the saying “to walk a day in someone else’s shoes.” This book was fun to read and as a reader I go t very emotionally connected to the two boys. I’m sure any one else who would read this novel, will love the plot line and the author’s style, and if not for those reasons at least they would enjoy the message the book gives.

It is hard to relate the story to my own life because I am and will always be so different than the two boys. I have never had an uncomfortable living condition or an over exorbitant one. If I were in Tom’s position of having to take the role of the prince, I understand how it were hard for him to deal with but I think I would have been more proactive and less naive. Same with Edward as a pauper, I’m sure it was hard for him to deal with such a different lifestyle in a negative way, but I he had been less obnoxious and more willing to comply to other’s needs rather than just his own, I’m sure more people would have been interested in helping him. It was important for the end of the book to come to the two boys switching back to their normal lives and be able to apply what they had learned during their experiences to their normal life.

The main conflict was that they were trying to get back to their rightful place in the world, but no one would believe the prince when he claimed he was the king f England, and everyone thought Tom, the pauper, was going crazy in the head, for he claimed he was a fraud, not the king! (they had switched places, so no one cold tell that the were who they claimed.) But while this was happening, the two boys learned about lives they had never dreamed of. So, of course, there was also a moral in this story.

The conflict was between John Canty, Tom's father, and the prince.
The other conflict was between Tom and the lords, servants, the King, and all the royal people in the castle. John Canty, the lords, the servants, the
King, and all the royal people in the castle opposed Tom and Edward. Tom and Edward opposed them also. The characters deal with the situation that they find themselves in by telling the truth. They never stopped telling everyone one who they really were. They insisted saying that there were not who everyone really thought they were.

Everyone thought Tom and Edward were both mad. The reason why no one believed them is because they both looked alike and they both had exchanged outfits. They exchanged outfits because Edward wanted to feel how it was to be a pauper and how to live like one and Tom wanted to feel how it was to be a prince, the son of the King, and how to live like one. First Tom was enjoying it because he didn't have to beg anymore, he ate good food, and he slept in a nice, cozy bed in the King's palace, but later he didn't enjoy it because he wanted to go back home to his original family and live the way he used to live.

This story takes place in England during the time of King Henry XIII. It is set mainly in Offal Court and Westminster Palace.

Part I

a.Title: Silas MArner

b. Author: George Eliot

c. Biography of the Author:


|Character Profiles |
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|Silas Marner: Silas is the main character and protagonist of the story. When shunned from his town and|
|church after being falsely accused of robbery, Silas is forced to migrate to another town, Raveloe, |
|where he lives as a hermit weaver. Soon his small fortune of gold becomes an obsessive endeavor. The |
|monotony and repetition of weaving helps Silas forget his old, unpleasant life, leaving him with |
|nothing but his gold. This all changes, however, when a blond-haired girl finds her way into his home |
|and heart. |
|Squire Cass: The Squire, father of four sons, including Godfrey and Dunstan, is the good-natured owner|
|of the Red House. Mr. Cass is intent on keeping his family legacy intact and therefore is very |
|demanding on his sons, who never seem to live up to his expectations. |
|Godfrey Cass: Godfrey is the first-born son of the Squire who eventually marries Nancy, his life-long |
|sweetheart. Before this marriage, however, Godfrey fathers another child in a secret marriage to Molly|
|Farren. This child, Eppie, is eventually found and brought up by Silas Marner, who knows nothing of |
|her family history until the end of the story. |
|Dunstan Cass: Dunstan, "a spiteful, jeering fellow who seemed to enjoy his drink the more when other |
|people went dry," is the second-born son of the Squire who always finds himself getting into mischief.|
|Eventually he steals Silas Marner’s two sacks of gold and soon falls into a stone pit filled with |
|water, drowning and leaving his body and the gold hidden for sixteen years. |
|Nancy Lammeter: Nancy is the wife of Godfrey but doesn’t know about his secret marriage and child |
|until long after their wedding day. |
|Eppie: Eppie is the golden-haired daughter of Godfrey who is raised by Silas from the age of two. She |
|is the true joy of Silas Marner’s life, and sees herself as his daughter. Eppie replaces the weaver’s |
|obsession with gold and brings him back to a socially active life. |
|Mrs. Winthrop: She is the neighbor and friend of Silas who teaches him how to care for Eppie. Mrs. |
|Winthrop, though not very sophisticated in her speech or knowledge of religion, persuades Silas to |
|trust in God no matter what happens to him, good or bad. |
|Aaron Winthrop: He is the son of Mrs. Winthrop and the eventual husband of Eppie and son-in-law to |
|Silas. Aaron pledges to help Silas and Eppie with their garden and other household chores. |
|Molly Farren: This woman is the secret wife of Godfrey and mother of his child, Eppie. When she |
|attempts to walk to the Red House to confront Godfrey during the New Years party, she dies from |
|exhaustion, leaving Eppie to walk by chance ino the home of Silas Marner. |
|William Dane: This man is the childhood best friend to Silas but double-crosses him, forcing the |
|weaver to flee from the church and his life in Lantern Yard. |

Part II Summary

Silas Marner is the weaver in the English countryside village of Raveloe in the early nineteenth century. Like many weavers of his time, he is an outsider—the object of suspicion because of his special skills and the fact that he has come to Raveloe from elsewhere. The villagers see Silas as especially odd because of the curious cataleptic fits he occasionally suffers. Silas has ended up in Raveloe because the members of his religious sect in Lantern Yard, an insular neighborhood in a larger town, falsely accused him of theft and excommunicated him.
Much shaken after the accusation, Silas finds nothing familiar in Raveloe to reawaken his faith and falls into a numbing routine of solitary work. His one attempt at neighborliness backfires: when an herbal remedy he suggests for a neighbor’s illness works, he is rumored to be a sort of witch doctor. With little else to live for, Silas becomes infatuated with the money he earns for his work and hoards it, living off as little as possible. Every night he pulls his gold out from its hiding place beneath his floorboards to count it. He carries on in this way for fifteen years.
Squire Cass is the wealthiest man in Raveloe, and his two eldest sons are Godfrey and Dunstan, or Dunsey. Dunsey is greedy and cruel, and enjoys tormenting Godfrey, the eldest son. Godfrey is good-natured but weak-willed, and, though secretly married to the opium addict Molly Farren, he is in love with Nancy Lammeter. Dunsey talked Godfrey into the marriage and repeatedly blackmails him with threats to reveal the marriage to their father. Godfrey gives Dunsey 100 pounds of the rent money paid to him by one of their father’s tenants. Godfrey then finds himself in a bind when Dunsey insists that Godfrey repay the sum himself. Dunsey once again threatens to reveal Godfrey’s marriage but, after some arguing, offers to sell Godfrey’s prize horse, Wildfire, to repay the loan.
The next day, Dunsey meets with some friends who are hunting and negotiates the sale of the horse. Dunsey decides to participate in the hunt before finalizing the sale, and, in doing so, he has a riding accident that kills the horse. Knowing the rumors of Silas’s hoard, Dunsey makes plans to intimidate the weaver into lending him money. His walk home takes him by Silas’s cottage, and, finding the cottage empty, Dunsey steals the money instead.
Silas returns from an errand to find his money gone. Overwhelmed by the loss, he runs to the local tavern for help and announces the theft to a sympathetic audience of tavern regulars. The theft becomes the talk of the village, and a theory arises that the thief might have been a peddler who came through the village some time before. Godfrey, meanwhile, is distracted by thoughts of Dunsey, who has not returned home. After hearing that Wildfire has been found dead, Godfrey decides to tell his father about the money, though not about his marriage. The Squire flies into a rage at the news, but does not do anything drastic to punish Godfrey.
Silas is utterly disconsolate at the loss of his gold and numbly continues his weaving. Some of the townspeople stop by to offer their condolences and advice. Among these visitors, Dolly Winthrop stands out. Like many of the others, she encourages Silas to go to church—something he has not done since he was banished from Lantern Yard—but she is also gentler and more genuinely sympathetic.
Nancy Lammeter arrives at Squire Cass’s famed New Year’s dance resolved to reject Godfrey’s advances because of his unsound character. However, Godfrey is more direct and insistent than he has been in a long time, and Nancy finds herself exhilarated by the evening in spite of her resolution. Meanwhile, Molly, Godfrey’s secret wife, is making her way to the Casses’ house to reveal the secret marriage. She has their daughter, a toddler, in her arms. Tiring after her long walk, Molly takes a draft of opium and passes out by the road. Seeing Silas’s cottage and drawn by the light of the fire, Molly’s little girl wanders through the open door and falls asleep at Silas’s hearth.
Silas is having one of his fits at the time and does not notice the little girl enter his cottage. When he comes to, he sees her already asleep on his hearth, and is as stunned by her appearance as he was by the disappearance of his money. A while later, Silas traces the girl’s footsteps outside and finds Molly’s body lying in the snow. Silas goes to the Squire’s house to find the doctor, and causes a stir at the dance when he arrives with the baby girl in his arms. Godfrey, recognizing his daughter, accompanies the doctor to Silas’s cottage. When the doctor declares that Molly is dead, Godfrey realizes that his secret is safe. He does not claim his daughter, and Silas adopts her.
Silas grows increasingly attached to the child and names her Eppie, after his mother and sister. With Dolly Winthrop’s help, Silas raises the child lovingly. Eppie begins to serve as a bridge between Silas and the rest of the villagers, who offer him help and advice and have come to think of him as an exemplary person because of what he has done. Eppie also brings Silas out of the benumbed state he fell into after the loss of his gold. In his newfound happiness, Silas begins to explore the memories of his past that he has long repressed.
The novel jumps ahead sixteen years. Godfrey has married Nancy and Squire Cass has died. Godfrey has inherited his father’s house, but he and Nancy have no children. Their one daughter died at birth, and Nancy has refused to adopt. Eppie has grown into a pretty and spirited young woman, and Silas a contented father. The stone-pit behind Silas’s cottage is drained to water neighboring fields, and Dunsey’s skeleton is found at the bottom, along with Silas’s gold. The discovery frightens Godfrey, who becomes convinced that his own secrets are destined to be uncovered as well. He confesses the truth to Nancy about his marriage to Molly and fathering of Eppie. Nancy is not angry but regretful, saying that they could have adopted Eppie legitimately if Godfrey had told her earlier.
That evening, Godfrey and Nancy decide to visit Silas’s cottage to confess the truth of Eppie’s lineage and claim her as their daughter. However, after hearing Godfrey and Nancy’s story, Eppie tells them she would rather stay with Silas than live with her biological father. Godfrey and Nancy leave, resigning themselves to helping Eppie from afar. The next day Silas decides to visit Lantern Yard to see if he was ever cleared of the theft of which he was accused years before. The town has changed almost beyond recognition, though, and Silas’s old chapel has been torn down to make way for a new factory. Silas realizes that his questions will never be answered, but he is content with the sense of faith he has regained through his life with Eppie. That summer Eppie is married to Aaron Winthrop, Dolly’s son. Aaron comes to live in Silas’s cottage, which has been expanded and refurbished at Godfrey’s expense.

Part III

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