A friend of Silas Marner’s in Lantern Yard, William Dane is more confident and self-assured than Marner. The two appear to be inseparable friends, but William Dane is harsher on those who are less devoted than himself. Dane also expresses assurance of his salvation, whereas Marner only feels fearful and hopeful when the friends discuss the afterlife. William Dane frames Marner for the theft of the church’s gold. His reasons for this betrayal are unclear other than the fact that very soon after Marner’s disgrace, William Dane becomes engaged to Sarah, who had once been engaged to Marner.
William Dane Quotes in Silas Marner
The Silas Marner quotes below are all either spoken by William Dane or refer to William Dane. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Dover Publications edition of Silas Marner published in 1996.).
William Dane Character Timeline in Silas Marner
The timeline below shows where the character William Dane appears in Silas Marner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...young men and women of the community took turns sitting by his bedside. Marner and William Dane often traded off around two in the morning, splitting a night shift of sitting with... (full context)
...robbery, Marner insisted, “God will clear me.” He permitted a search of his dwelling, and William Dane discovered the bag of money behind the chest of drawers in Marner’s chamber. Marner, suddenly... (full context)
...God to demonstrate his innocence, the lots pronounced him guilty. Shaking in anger, Marner accused William Dane of framing him and renounced God, accusing God of being a liar. The community was... (full context)