The stone pits near Silas Marner’s home in Raveloe appear only a few times in the novel, but they serve the key role of hiding the body of Dunstan Cass and Silas Marner’s stolen gold. The stone pits are a strange geographic detail near Marner’s cottage, with water filling their hidden depths. The stone pits represent the “unknown,” the elements of nature and fate that cannot be understood or explained by humans. When Marner loses his gold and finds Eppie, he can only understand this transition in terms of an exchange from the unknown. In reality, Marner’s gold has disappeared into the stone pits, and Eppie has wandered out of the wilderness from the edge of the stone pits. Only by draining the stone pits and revealing their hidden depths does the truth become clear: Marner’s gold and the thief are found, and Eppie’s true parentage is revealed directly afterward.
Stone Pits Symbol Timeline in Silas Marner
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...and Mr. Lammeter depart, Godfrey leaves for a walk around the draining fields near the Stone Pits . During Godfrey’s customary Sunday afternoon walks, Nancy tries to read the Bible, but ends... (full context)
Part 2, Conclusion