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Silas Marner

Silas Marner


by George Eliot

Minor Villagers

Character Analysis

Mr. Macey

Mr. Macey is the parish clerk and tailor. He's got "an air of complacency, slightly seasoned with criticism" (1.6.17).

Mr. Tookey

The deputy-clerk, young and insecure. When people don't take him seriously, he loses his temper.

Mr. Lammeter

Nancy's father. He's old-fashioned and upright when he dances: Mr. Macey points out that he "isn't so cushiony as most o' the oldish gentlefolks" (1.11.61). He's morally upright, too, and probably responsible for a lot of Nancy's rigid ideas.

Jem Rodney

A mole-catcher, but also "a known poacher, and otherwise disreputable" (1.5.6). Silas initially thinks he's stolen the gold.

Mr. Kimble

Mr. Kimble is Raveloe's doctor and Godfrey's uncle. He's a doctor by tradition, not skill or education.

Mr. Dowlas

The farrier (guy who shoes and tends to the horses). Dowlas is a little argumentative and a lot full of himself, given to looking around "with some triumph" when he makes what he thinks is a good point (1.6.8).

Mr. Snell

The landlord of The Rainbow, "a man of a neutral disposition, accustomed to stand aloof from human differences" (1.6.1). He likes to say things like "the truth lies atween you: you're both right and both wrong, as I allays say" (1.6.16).


The butcher, "a jolly, smiling, red-haired man" (1.6.3).