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Silas Marner Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?


On the steaminess scale, Silas Marner is about as foggy as tepid bathwater. And the only reason that we're giving this even a rating of "tepid" is the descriptions of Eppie as:

[A] blond dimpled girl of eighteen, who has vainly tried to chastise her curly auburn hair into smoothness under her brown bonnet: the hair ripples as obstinately as a brooklet under the March breeze, and the little ringlets burst away from the restraining comb behind and show themselves below the bonnet-crown. (2.16.4)

These dimples and unrestrained hair are, let's just say it, sexy: they "burst," they "show themselves," and there's even talk of chastisement. No wonder Aaron Winthrop wants to marry her.

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