* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Silas Marner

Silas Marner

by George Eliot

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?

G

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.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement