Before being framed for a crime he did not commit by his former close friend, William Dane, Silas Marner was a joyful, devoted Christian in his hometown of Lantern Yard. As a young man in Lantern Yard, Silas was trusted and well-liked by his peers. After being betrayed by William Dane, Silas loses his faith, leaves Lantern Yard, and travels to Raveloe, where he lives on the outskirts of town alone in a small cottage. In Raveloe, Silas spends the majority of his time weaving and hoarding his money. He is an extremely reclusive, lonely man, who rarely interacts with his community members. Silas lives a joyless life and is only comfortable when he is at his loom or counting his coins. After being robbed by Dunstan Cass, Silas discovers and adopts Eppie, who wanders into his home on a wintry night. Eppie changes Silas's life for the better as he begins to rely on the help of his neighbors in Raveloe to raise her. As Eppie matures and grows older, her presence allows Silas to leave his small cottage and interact with his community members. By the end of the novel, Silas develops into a loving, well-liked member of Raveloe's community, who has a positive reputation and enjoys engaging in social interactions.