Silas Marner
George Eliot
Contributed by Harvey Landy
Chapter 9

At breakfast the following morning, after an apparent change of heart, Godfrey tells his father about Wildfire’s being staked and killed, and the Squire is disdainful of the weak riding skills that would lead to such an accident. Godfrey tells his father that Dunstan did it, after having agreed to sell Wildfire. In effect, he confesses to his father that he’d lent Dunstan the rent money and that his brother spent it. The Squire is furious that Godfrey would collude with his brother to get his money, and flies into a rage. He begins to deride Godfrey’s character, suggesting that he’s wishy-washy and meek. He wonders why Godfrey hasn’t asked Nancy to marry him at this point, and Godfrey says he’s afraid she won’t say yes. The Squire suggests that he ask for his son, speaking to Nancy’s father directly. Godfrey begs him not to do it, but the Squire seems set on it, and orders his horse to be brought to him.

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