Silas Marner

Silas Marner  (mär ´ner ).—A novel by George Eliot, published in 1861. This novel is one of the authoress' most beautiful stories, the most poetical of them all—the tale of Silas Marner, who deems himself deserted and rejected utterly of God and man, and to whom, in his deepest misery, in place of lost gold, a little foundling girl is sent. This tale is the most hopeful of all her books. The contemplation of the renewal of enterprise and energy, which comes with little children, and of the promise with which each new generation gilds the crown of honor for its sires, is pleasant and grateful to her. She writes upon her title page the lines of Wordsworth:

The weaver of Raveloe and Eppie are creations after Wordsworth's own heart.