Discuss the importance of Eppie in Silas Marner's life in George Eliot's novel Silas Marner.

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When Eppie comes into his life, Silas Marner is saved from total despair and given purpose to his life.

Before the pretty little Eppie crawled into his dismal cottage, Silas Marner was a man who had lost all motivation to live. For, it was his gold that Silas cherished above all else because he divorced himself from the human race after he was denounced by friends and loved ones in Lantern Yard.

The livelong day he sat in his loom, his ear filled with its monotony, his eyes bent close down on the slow growth of sameness in the brownish web....But at night came his revelry: at night he closed his shutters, and made fast his doors, and...

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