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Silas Marner

Silas Marner


by George Eliot

Molly Farren

Character Analysis

Poor Molly—we know almost nothing about her expect that she's a drunk and an opium addict, and there's just a little "lingering mother's tenderness" left in her soul (1.12.2). She blames Godfrey for her poverty, although she does secretly know that the problem isn't Godfrey but opium.

Molly's fate is one sign that the idyllic Raveloe life might not be all it's cracked up to be. Villages have ruined lives and crushed dreams just as much as big cities do.