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We are given a sight of Eppie and how she has changed in the sixteen year interim that happens between the end of Book I and the beginning of Book II of this fascinating novel. We are first shown the church at the end of the service, with the people exiting, in order of their social position. Thus it is that we are introduced to Godfrey Cass and his wife, Nancy, after 16 years, and likewise Silas Marner, though with a much transformed companion. Note how Eppie is described in the text:
...but there is the freshest blossom of youth close by his side--a blonde dimpled girl of eighteen, who has vainly tried to chastise her curly auburn hair into smoothness under her brown bonnet: the hair ripples as obstinately as a brooklet under the March breeze, and the little ringlets burst away from the restraining comb behind and show themselves below the bonnet-crown.
Eppie has therefore grown up during the interim into a very attractive young lady with distinctive hair, which could perhaps symbolise her zest for life.
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