At the beginning of his life, Silas is a devoted and happy church-goer and has lots of friends and they really think highly of him. He is devout and hard working and has a wonderful girlfriend and everything seems to be great.
Once his good friend has him falsely accused of stealing, driven out of his home village and marries his former girlfriend, he becomes incredibly bitter and focuses only on saving money.
After he moves to Raveloe, he is regarded with suspicion by the villagers because he no longer attends church and does not socialize with anyone. It is only after his money is stolen and he turns to the village for help that he becomes human again and starts to have relationships with other villagers and come out of his shell.