Silas Marner
George Eliot
Contributed by Harvey Landy
Chapter 7

Silas’ arrival at the pub throws a hush over the people, since he’s never been there before, to their knowledge. Silas enters, declares he’s been robbed, and accuses Jem Rodney. Jem denies the crime, and Silas sits down and retells the story of his robbery. Silas remembers that he, too, was once falsely accused, and decides to back down on Jem. He apologizes, saying that he acted rashly. Macey and Dowlas -- two customers at the pub -- agree to go with Silas into the night, searching for the robber, a task that they acknowledge will be difficult because the rain has erased any footprints leading from Silas’ house. 

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