For how long did Dunstan go missing when he had a quarrel with his father last time in Silas Marner?

Dunstan went missing for six weeks the last time he had a quarrel with his father. Nobody knew where he'd been or what he'd been up to. He simply showed up unannounced, with the usual swagger and arrogance.

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After stealing from Silas Marner , the loathsome, spoiled squire's son Dunstan, or Dunsey Cass, has gone missing. Even so, he's not the prime suspect; the finger of suspicion points at a peddler. As Dunsey comes from a good family, he's not the obvious suspect, even though he's widely regarded...

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After stealing from Silas Marner, the loathsome, spoiled squire's son Dunstan, or Dunsey Cass, has gone missing. Even so, he's not the prime suspect; the finger of suspicion points at a peddler. As Dunsey comes from a good family, he's not the obvious suspect, even though he's widely regarded as a truly nasty piece of work.

Besides, Dunsey has a habit of suddenly taking off for weeks on end before suddenly returning out of the blue as if nothing has happened. Once upon a time, he disappeared for six weeks after having a serious quarrel with his father. No one knows where he went or what he got up to during that time, although we can reasonably surmise he wasn't doing missionary work. In any case, after six weeks, Dunsey returned home, as full of arrogance and swagger as ever before.

It may seem strange, but no one has connected Dunsey's latest disappearing act with the theft of Silas's money. Not even Dunsey's brother Godfrey, who knows more than anyone else what he's capable of, has managed to put two and two together. Generally speaking, the good folk of Raveloe are unwilling to draw a connection between the two events as they're unprepared to countenance the very idea that the scion of a respected local family should be nothing more than a common thief.

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