Contrast Silas' life in Lantern Yard with that in Raveloe in Silas Marner.

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Silas was an active member of the town of Lantern Yard. His life, as part 1 of the novel states, had

   “movement, mental activity, and close fellowship”.

This is important to point out because this will contrast tremendously later on.

Back in Lantern Yard Silas’s strong fellowship was the most important thing for him. This is because the fellowship stemmed from the religious sect to which Silas belonged. This was his niche; in it, he was “highly thought of”, and people attributed to Silas certain interesting powers. This was after, during a prayer-meeting, he fell into a lapse of what is described as

...[a] mysterious rigidity and suspension of consciousness” that lasted over a hour. After this incident, people associated Silas to something tantamount to a spiritual leader, guide, or at least someone who would be respected for his spiritual abilities.

Moreover, Silas had a knack for medicinal cures; a gift he inherited from his mother.

Silas was happy in Lantern Yard. He had a...

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