Silas Marner is an 1861 novel written by George Eliot. Unlike other Eliot novels, Silas Marner is a very compact book with a straightforward narrative and very few subplots. It concerns Marner, a weaver unfairly forced out of his home village after being framed for robbery. Moving to the small town of Raveloe, he leads a quiet, lonely life where he hoards his money and is treated with suspicion by the townspeople until he is struck by tragedy, and then redemption, shortly thereafter.
It is now in the public domain, and can be read in its entirety here.
Contains examples of the following tropes:
- Blackmail: Dunstan to Godfrey.
- Character Title
- Daddy's Girl: Eppie
- Et Tu, Brute?: Silas's backstory involves being framed by his best friend.
- Evil Stole My Faith: Silas's mistreatment by his church in his backstory causes him to lose his belief in religion, but he recovers some faith as the novel progresses.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Eppie, symbolizing the gold Silas lost.
- Happily Adopted: Silas and Eppie
- Karmic Death: Dunstan
- Loners Are Freaks: This is kind of the point of the novel, but it's also the general attitude of the townspeople.
- Miscarriage of Justice: What forces Marner out of his hometown.
- Nurture over Nature
- Riddle for the Ages: Silas himself lampshades that he'll never know whether or not he was ever proved innocent of theft.
- Textile Work Is Feminine: Inverted with Silas.
- The Scrooge: Silas in the first part of the book.
- You Can't Fight Fate