Please analyse this quotation from Silas Marner: "Every man's work pursued steadily, tends in this way to become an end in itself, and so to bridge over the loveless chasms of his life..."

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Silas Marner is a man who has been hurt and betrayed by his friends and forced to move away from his home. He is bitter and has not formed ny new friendships in Raveloe because he has lost faith in human nature - "needing nothing of that trust which, for him, had been turned to bitterness."Similarly then, the people of Raveloe have been unable to get to know him and therefore distrust him as much as he distrusts them. Silas finds solace in the money he makes from his craft of weaving and from weaving itself which "become(s) an end in itself.."

Silas Marner highlights the problem of community versus isolation, especially in small communities, with a small-town mentality. Silas must "bridge the loveless chasms of his life," a chasm being something so deep and so unending, by being proud of his work and relishing the money he will make.

This section is very depressing as Silas feels his loneliness. All there is for him is the "dark" and he has  "no Unseen Love that cared for him."  Not only does he have no one but he has even lost his faith in God.  Silas only eats from necessity and there is no process of socialization for him. He feels no community with the people of Raveloe.  He has become nothing more than " spinning insect" and "like the spider," he operates "from pure impulse, without reflection" as his work is "pursued steadily."