’s cottage and his hearth are the setting for several key events in the novel. Marner discovers Eppie
on the hearth, sleeping, and at first mistakes her for his lost gold. The cottage and the hearth become the center of Eppie and Marner’s relationship. Eppie refuses Godfrey
’s offer to adopt her because she wishes to stay with the father she has grown up with. When Eppie and Aaron
marry, they move into Marner’s cottage. The cottage and hearth represent the center of love and family for Eppie and Marner. It is the place where Eppie appears in Marner’s life, a place of warmth and familiarity, and it remains the center of their home throughout the novel.