Silas Marner


George Eliot

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Molly Farren Character Analysis

Godfrey’s first, secret wife and the mother of Eppie, Molly is from a lower class family background than Godfrey. Molly is addicted to opium, and while she tries to blame her problems on her husband’s neglect, she recognizes her responsibility for the control opium has over her life. She dies of an overdose during a snowstorm while traveling through the snowstorm to the Red House, where a New Years party is occurring, in order to spitefully reveal herself as Godfrey’s wife in front of his family and many villagers.

Molly Farren Quotes in Silas Marner

The Silas Marner quotes below are all either spoken by Molly Farren or refer to Molly Farren. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of Silas Marner published in 1996.
Chapter 12 Quotes

Molly knew that the cause of her dingy rags was not her husband's neglect, but the demon Opium to whom she was enslaved, body and soul, except in the lingering mother's tenderness that refused to give him her hungry child. She knew this well; and yet, in the moments of wretched unbenumbed consciousness, the sense of her want and degradation transformed itself continually into bitterness towards Godfrey. He was well off; and if she had her rights she would be well off too.

Related Characters: Godfrey Cass, Molly Farren
Page Number: 90
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Chapter 13 Quotes

Godfrey felt a great throb: there was one terror in his mind at that moment: it was, that the woman might not be dead. That was an evil terror—an ugly inmate to have found a nestling-place in Godfrey's kindly disposition; but no disposition is a security from evil wishes to a man whose happiness hangs on duplicity.

Related Characters: Silas Marner, Molly Farren
Page Number: 96
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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
Explanation and Analysis:
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Molly Farren Character Timeline in Silas Marner

The timeline below shows where the character Molly Farren appears in Silas Marner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...himself or, he threatens, he’ll reveal Godfrey’s secret marriage to a drunken, low-class woman named Molly Farren. (full context)
Chapter 12
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...wife, unknown to him, is making her way through the village to the Red House. Molly, his wife, has decided to appear at the Squire’s party with her child in her... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Molly’s burial occurs without great notice, and without any tears, but her death has redirected the... (full context)