Describe Nancy Lammeter's feelings toward Godfrey in Silas Marner.

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Despite differences in personality, Nancy Lammeter is flattered by the attention that Godfrey pays her. Like Nancy, Godfrey comes from a relatively well-off family, so there's definitely a connection there. But as we've already mentioned, personality-wise it's a different story. Whereas Godfrey is quite easygoing, Nancy is a stubborn young...

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Despite differences in personality, Nancy Lammeter is flattered by the attention that Godfrey pays her. Like Nancy, Godfrey comes from a relatively well-off family, so there's definitely a connection there. But as we've already mentioned, personality-wise it's a different story. Whereas Godfrey is quite easygoing, Nancy is a stubborn young lady very much set in her ways. To a large extent, this is due to her upbringing, which has instilled in her a strict moral rectitude and a very narrow way of looking at the world.

Nancy is a very strong, inflexible character, and this makes her intolerant of other people's foibles, including Godfrey's. She sees Godfrey as a weak character, someone to be moulded into a better, stronger man. In other words, she doesn't truly accept Godfrey for who and what he is.

In some respects, this is entirely an appropriate attitude, as there's a great deal of immaturity about Godfrey; he needs a strong woman to take him in hand and exercise some measure of control over his life. Nancy fits the bill perfectly.

But beneath Nancy's stern exterior there beats the heart of a genuinely decent, caring woman. It's notable that when Godfrey confesses his secret marriage to her, she forgives him. This would appear to indicate that her feelings for him are much deeper than previously thought.

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