Silas Marner
George Eliot
Contributed by Harvey Landy
Chapter 11

The chapter opens with a view of Nancy Lammeter approaching the Cass Christmas party and ruminating about Godfrey. She’s unsure of what Godfrey feels for her, and why he acts so strange. She recognizes that she has made clear to him that she won’t marry him, but then expects him to act consistently towards her. Instead he often ignores her for weeks, and then flirts as if he intends to court her again. Nancy visits with friends and family for some time, meeting the sisters Gunn, and speaking with her aunt Mrs. Ladbrook and her sister Priscilla. As the group sits in the parlor, Nancy takes pride in thinking that she could have been the woman of this grand house, but turned it down.

Later in the evening, Nancy dances with Godfrey, and he admits to her that he enjoys dancing with her more than with anyone else. She’s startled by his directness, and he rambles on, asking if he gave up all the unsavory activities that she disapproves of, would she forgive him? She responds coldly, saying it would be nice if he changed, but better if he weren’t so in need of changing in the first place. The two begin to bicker, and Godfrey takes Nancy’s irritation with him as a sign that she’s still interested in him. They are interrupted by the entrance of Priscilla. 

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