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Silas Marner Chapter 7

By George Eliot

Chapter 7

  • Speaking of ghosts, here's Silas. Everyone's surprised to see him, until he spits that he's been robbed.
  • The landlord thinks he's crazy, especially once he starts flinging accusations at Jem Rodney. Jem is not super happy about being falsely accused of theft, so the landlord forces Silas to settle down and tell his story.
  • As the villagers come round to his side, Silas starts to enjoy himself. There's something to be said for having people feel sorry for you
  • The strange circumstances of the robbery—how could anyone have known precisely the moment to rob him? Why didn't they leave any traces—half convinces everyone that the culprit must have been supernatural. It certainly wasn't Jem, since he'd been sitting in the tavern all night.
  • When Silas realizes that Jem is innocent, he apologizes sincerely. He remembers how much it sucks to be falsely accused.
  • The farrier offers to help Silas examine his cottage, but the deputy parish clerk objects, since a doctor can't be a constable (an investigator) and the farrier is something of a doctor (we'd probably call him a vet).
  • The landlord steps in again to sort things out: Mr. Macey goes as constable, and Mr. Dowlas the farrier goes as backup. They head out into the dark, rainy night.