Talk:Silas Marner

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From cleanup[edit]

Now in copyvio, so cleanup possible. I know the novel well & will wait until the copyvio is over to write a de novo article. Geogre 11:01, 24 Jun 2004 (UTC)

-It's also a favorite novel of mine. Whoever's handling this one, don't forget to mention that "George Sand" was actually a woman writing under a man's pseudonym, and that Steve Martin acted in/directed a modernization called "A Simple Twist of Fate". This is also the title of a Bob Dylan song. Crossref, crossref, crossref. --The Iconoclast
- I wonder if we should use "Warning: Plot details MAY follow" on this page. -- towo

I do tend to forget that Steve Martin movie, but I wouldn't forget Marianne Evans. Geogre 02:00, 25 Jun 2004 (UTC)


List of banned books says that Silas Marner was banned once.

Is it true? If it is - why was it banned?--Amir E. Aharoni 16:23, 31 December 2005 (UTC)

In the article on Silas Marner, under Symbols, you typed Eliot with two "l's = Elliot. Seems fine everywhere else.

Laurie G. 17:22, 5 February 2006 (UTC)


Is the symbols section really needed? It seems like it should either be merged with the Symbols section or expanded. IMFromKathlene

I cut the symbols section. It's not a standard novel section, and since the identification of symbols is open to interpretation, they don't belong. In addition to that, the whole thing probably qualifies as original research.

'==Symbols== One of the main symbols Eliot creates to illustrate Silas's solitude is the loom. The loom is a place where Silas shuts out the existence of the community, and the physical process of weaving is his distraction from the way mankind has betrayed him (he was framed for theft in Lantern Yard and fled to the outskirts of Raveloe as a result).

'=== Money === Money is also a momentous symbol in the book. Before Eppie comes along it is his gold coins which are his prized possession.

'=== Fortune === The way that Silas Marner comes across his gold coins and Eppie have one thing in common. They both cross his path in a fortuitous way. (The gold is taken by Godfrey's brother, Dunstan, before he dies and Eppie escapes from her dying mother's grasp when she was young.) Eliot chooses to make this a theme in the book because she wanted to show that fortune favours those who are good hearted (like Silas Marner) over those who have not been good (Godfrey Cass).

Victorianist (talk) 05:18, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Song By The Who[edit]

There is a song by the Who called Silas Stingy which is based around this novel, should this be included in the article?SouthEastLad 20:57, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

Epilepsy left out ?[edit]

Silas's epilepsy figured prominently in the book (Lantern Yard, his relations with the Raveloe villagers, and of course in his discovery of Eppie) but this is left out of the Wiki article. Should it be at least mentioned in the plot summary, or maybe under Symbols?...Engr105th 16:19, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

Plot Summary[edit]

The second line of the plot summary reads "He is also a highly thought of member of a dissenting chapel". I've read the book several times - though not lately - and never picked up that Silas was a concurrent member of any sect other than his Lantern Yard community...???...Engr105th 16:25, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

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Am I high, or wasn't there some kind of horrible sledding accident and a resultant crippled woman in this story? — SMcCandlish [talk] [cont] ‹(-¿-)› 16:09, 27 August 2009 (UTC)

You're thinking of Ethan Frome. (talk) 20:24, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

British or American spelling?[edit]

In the excerpt of the book someone has replaced a few British spellings with the equivalent American spellings: behaviour → behavior, harbours → harbors, neighbourhood → neighborhood. Does this make sense? After all, Silas Marner is a British novel. Sijtze Reurich (talk) 11:34, 15 January 2012 (UTC)

Critical reactions?[edit]

Any record of how the critics and the public received the book, and how the literary establishment views it today? Valetude (talk) 10:53, 20 January 2017 (UTC)