An elegant young woman who lives in Raveloe, Nancy inspires Godfrey’s love and affection despite his unfortunate secret marriage. Nancy is a strong-minded woman who is committed to her ideals. For example, she refuses to adopt a child, although she cannot have children, because she believes such an act willfully disregards the fate given by God. She is precise, tidy, and hardworking. Her elegant appearance does not extend to her hands, which show the marks of her labor. Once married to Godfrey, she becomes a good mistress of the Red House, although she reflects frequently on her and Godfrey’s lack of children and Godfrey’s unhappiness.
Nancy Lammeter Quotes in Silas Marner
The Silas Marner quotes below are all either spoken by Nancy Lammeter or refer to Nancy Lammeter. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of Silas Marner published in 1996.).
Chapter 18 Quotes
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.”
Nancy Lammeter Character Timeline in Silas Marner
The timeline below shows where the character Nancy Lammeter appears in Silas Marner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...is supposed to attend Mrs. Osgood’s birthday dance the next day. Dunstan teases him about Nancy Lammeter who will be at the dance and who doesn’t know of Godfrey’s secret marriage.... (full context)
...discipline in his life. Squire Cass mentions that he’s never dissuaded his son from marrying Nancy Lammeter who he seemed interested in, whereas some fathers might forbid their sons from making... (full context)
...villagers of Raveloe are leaving their Sunday morning church service. Godfrey Cass and his wife Nancy depart first, as their humbler neighbors watch them pass. The pair turns to wait for... (full context)
...frustrated by men like Godfrey who, she believes, always want what they don’t have, but Nancy defends her husband. It’s natural and understandable that he wishes he had children because he... (full context)
Part 2, Conclusion