Silas Marner

The young daughter of Godfrey Cass and Molly Farren, Eppie wanders into Silas Marner’s cottage during a snowstorm in which her mother perishes. Eppie is a beautiful, golden-haired child and her hair color is linked to the gold, which had been recently stolen from Silas Marner. She is mischievous as a young girl, primarily because Marner refuses to discipline her in any way. Eppie grows into a sweet tempered, lovely young woman who is devoted to her father. The love between Silas Marner and Eppie reestablishes Marner’s interest in the village of Raveloe, in faith, and in community. Upon discovering that Godfrey is her true father, Eppie is unimpressed by his willful desire to take her away from the company and father she has always known. She stands up to Godfrey and refuses his offer. Eppie and the son of the Winthrops, Aaron, fall in love and are married at the end of the novel.

Eppie Quotes in Silas Marner

The Silas Marner quotes below are all either spoken by Eppie or refer to Eppie. 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:
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Chapter 14 Quotes

Thought and feeling were so confused within him [Silas Marner], that if he had tried to give them utterance, he could only have said that the child was come instead of the gold—that the gold had turned into the child.

Related Characters: Silas Marner, Eppie
Related Symbols: Gold
Page Number: 103
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“…the little child had come to link him [Silas Marner] once more with the whole world.”

Related Characters: Silas Marner, Eppie
Page Number: 110
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Chapter 16 Quotes

By seeking what was needful for Eppie, by sharing the effect that everything produced on her, he [Silas Marner] had himself come to appropriate the forms of custom and belief which were the mould of Raveloe life; and as, with reawakening sensibilities, memory also reawakened, he had begun to ponder over the elements of his old faith, and blend them with his new impressions, till he recovered a consciousness of unity between his past and present.

Related Characters: Silas Marner, Eppie
Related Symbols: Raveloe
Page Number: 118
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Chapter 20 Quotes

“She thinks I did wrong by her mother as well as by her. She thinks me worse than I am. But she must think it: she can never know all. It's part of my punishment, Nancy, for my daughter to dislike me.”

Related Characters: Godfrey Cass (speaker), Godfrey Cass, Eppie, Nancy Lammeter, Molly Farren
Page Number: 146
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Chapter 21 Quotes

“It's gone, child," he [Silas Marner] said, at last, in strong agitation—“Lantern Yard's gone. It must ha' been here, because here's the house with the o'erhanging window—I know that—it's just the same; but they've made this new opening; and see that big factory! It's all gone—chapel and all.”

Related Characters: Silas Marner (speaker), Eppie
Related Symbols: Lantern Yard
Page Number: 148
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“Since the time the child was sent to me and I've come to love her as myself, I've had light enough to trusten by; and now she says she'll never leave me, I think I shall trusten till I die.”

Related Characters: Silas Marner (speaker), Eppie
Page Number: 149
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Eppie Character Timeline in Silas Marner

The timeline below shows where the character Eppie appears in Silas Marner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14
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...sister. Dolly says she ought to have a nickname, and Marner decides to call her Eppie. Marner finally attends church for Eppie’s christening, but the practices and congregation are so different... (full context)
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...had been the center of his attention, needed nothing, and could be worshipped in isolation. Eppie, on the other hand, needs many things that carry his attention away from his solitary... (full context)
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Eppie grows into a troublesome toddler, but Marner finds he never has the heart to punish... (full context)
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One day, however, Eppie causes more mischief than usual. Using Marner’s scissors, she cuts herself free of the linen... (full context)
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The failure of the coal hole punishment discourages Marner from ever again attempting to discipline Eppie. Marner carries the little girl with him on journeys and deliveries. Everywhere the pair goes... (full context)
Chapter 15
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From a distance, Godfrey watches Eppie grow up in Silas Marner’s care. Occasionally he does what he can to help the... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Sixteen years have passed since Silas Marner discovered Eppie asleep on his hearth. The villagers of Raveloe are leaving their Sunday morning church service.... (full context)
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Aaron Winthrop, now a good-looking young fellow, follows Marner and Eppie from the church. Eppie expresses to her father how much she wishes they had a... (full context)
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Once Aaron turns back to the village, Eppie skips in happy triumph, declaring that she knew Aaron would volunteer to help. At the... (full context)
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Marner watches Eppie as she prepares their Sunday meal at the hearth. He has kept the hearth and... (full context)
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Marner has been able to talk of his past with Eppie too as she has grown older. He’s always been honest with her about her past,... (full context)
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Eppie and Marner sit outside discussing their garden and the stones they could gather to build... (full context)
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After the pair has been sitting a while in silence, Eppie asks her father whether, if she were to be married, she should be married with... (full context)
Chapter 17
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From the first suggestion of adoption, Godfrey had specifically spoken of Eppie as a child whom they could adopt. Surely the weaver would be pleased by this... (full context)
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Godfrey’s conscience is never easy about Eppie and his lack of children with Nancy feels like an intentional punishment. The couple hasn’t... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...his past a secret: the dead woman found by Silas Marner was his wife and Eppie is his child. Nancy is silent as Godfrey tells her that he couldn’t bear to... (full context)
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...as he pleads for her forgiveness. She’s more troubled by the wrong he has done Eppie for fifteen years. Godfrey says they can still adopt the girl, although it will be... (full context)
Chapter 19
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That evening, Silas Marner and Eppie are sitting alone in the cottage. Marner is exhausted by the events of the afternoon,... (full context)
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There is a knock at the door and Eppie blushes when she opens the door to admit Mr. and Mrs. Cass. Godfrey first apologizes... (full context)
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...that he and Mrs. Cass have no children and, therefore, they would like to adopt Eppie as their own. As Godfrey speaks, Eppie puts her arm around Marner and feels him... (full context)
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Godfrey, irritated, exclaims that he has a claim on Eppie because she is his child and her mother was his wife. Eppie is startled. Marner... (full context)
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Godfrey urges rationality. Such a change wouldn’t tear Marner and Eppie apart forever, he argues. He says that he feels it’s his duty to care for... (full context)
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Eppie insists that she would never again be happy if she were forced to leave her... (full context)
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...wrongs has been thwarted. He leaves abruptly, unable to say anything else to Marner and Eppie, and Nancy follows more gracefully. (full context)
Chapter 20
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...each other in mutual understanding. Nancy admits they’ll have to give up hope of adopting Eppie. Godfrey says that Marner was right about turning away a blessing from one’s door: it... (full context)
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...relieved that Priscilla and her father won’t be troubled with the truth. Godfrey realizes that Eppie didn’t like the idea of him being her father, and that she thinks he did... (full context)
Chapter 21
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The next morning, as Silas Marner and Eppie are eating breakfast, Marner tells Eppie that there’s something he’s been meaning to do for... (full context)
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Silas Marner and Eppie arrive in Lantern Yard only to find a great manufacturing town, altered to a bewildering... (full context)
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...is gone,” Marner cries. The large factory has replaced the chapel and everything Marner remembers. Eppie leads her father into a brush shop to ask about the old chapel, but no... (full context)
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...Marner or Dolly to see and understand what that may be. Marner says that since Eppie has appeared in his life he’s been able to trust again in the world, and... (full context)
Part 2, Conclusion
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Eppie and Aaron are married on a beautiful sunny day. Eppie wears a dress of white... (full context)
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The cottage at the Stone Pits now has a larger garden than Eppie ever dreamed of. Other alterations were made by Godfrey Cass to accommodate Silas Marner’s growing... (full context)