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From what physical handicap does Silas suffer in Silas Marner?

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I don't know that I would necessarily call it a "handicap," but the problem that Silas has is that he is sort of "hunched over," if that makes sense.  He was a weaver by profession and therefore spent a lot of time crouched over his loom, which left him with a crooked back.  He also has kind of intense, creepy eyes, and looks older than he really is (though these aren't really "handicaps" in the true sense of the word.)

t-smoe | Student

Catolepsy (the trances he falls into). This is a handicap in the sense that superstitious minds can regard him as strange or of the devil.