Silas Marner’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.
The Hearth Quotes in Silas Marner
The Silas Marner quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Hearth. 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 12 Quotes
[Silas Marner] was stooping to push his logs together, when, to his blurred vision, it seemed as if there were gold on the floor in front of the hearth. Gold!—his own gold—brought back to him as mysteriously as it had been taken away!
The Hearth Symbol Timeline in Silas Marner
The timeline below shows where the symbol The Hearth appears in Silas Marner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.