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A Comparison of Silas Marner and Godfrey Cass Godfrey Cass and Silas Marner are perfect foils They each developed along similar lines but each differed at certain points Both were affected by Eppie but Silas was the one who benefitted the most from it Eppies interaction with both also shaped the way they love eachs closest people Godfrey and Silas were both self imposed loners Godfrey had a to keep his first wife a secret from everybody especially Nancy Lammeter This meant he had to keep more than a polite distance away from her Cass had a traitor near to his heart His brother the theif and all around scoundrel blackmailed poor Godfrey to keep his secrets hidden Silas was betrayed by his whole previous life The church had let him down and his closest freind had robbed him This supposed freind even set him up for an accusation of murder To top it all off Silass wife to be was also taken by this wolf in sheeps clothing This type of betrayal makes a person hate humanity especially in such a close knit community Silas moved himself to the fringes of civilization He cared for no one and wanted no to care for him Both of their attitudes changed when Eppie arrived Godfrey knew that he could marry Nancy now beacuse his old wife had died This also showed how shallow he was Godfrey thought he could throw money at Silas and he would be very compliant to give Eppie back to her rightful father Yet at the final moments of ths confrontation Eppies arrival unleashed a side of Silas not seen for fifteen years He became a caring human being again Silas took great steps to insure Eppies happiness even going to church again and associating with the other villagers While the Church part was somewhat bewildering to him the villagers were much worse It took him months to understand what
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