In Silas Marner chapter 11, who was at the New Year's party?  

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The New Year's party at the Red House is hosted by the Squire Cass. His son Godfrey Cass helps Nancy Lammeter down from her carriage (much to her dismay, as she is trying to avoid his advances). Nancy has come to the party with her father.

Nancy's aunt, Mrs. Osgood,...

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The New Year's party at the Red House is hosted by the Squire Cass. His son Godfrey Cass helps Nancy Lammeter down from her carriage (much to her dismay, as she is trying to avoid his advances). Nancy has come to the party with her father.

Nancy's aunt, Mrs. Osgood, is there, and Nancy's sister, Priscilla Lammeter, arrives separately. Priscilla and Nancy share a dressing room with other young women who have travelled to the New Year's dance, including the sisters referred to as the "two Miss Gunns." They are the daughters of a wine merchant and therefore from a different social background than the rural Lammeter sisters.

The rector, Mr. Crackenthorp, and his wife are there, as are Doctor Kimble and his wife—who is the squire's sister. Mrs. and Miss Ladbrook attend, as does Ben Winthrop with his young son, Aaron. And finally, there is old Solomon Macey, the fiddler.

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The New Year’s dance is at the Red House.  The guests at the part include Mr. Godfrey Cass, Mrs. Kimble, and the two Miss Gunns.  There are a lot of women.  Nancy is relieved that her aunt Mrs. Osgood is there, but annoyed that Godfrey is, because he wants to marry her and she does not want to marry him.  She is also accompanied by her sister Priscilla, in a matching dress.

There was a buzz of voices through the house as Miss Nancy entered, mingled with the scrape of a fiddle preluding in the kitchen; but the Lammeters were guests whose arrival had evidently been thought of so much that it had been watched for from the windows… (ch 11)

At dinner, Nancy has to sit between Mr. Crackenthorp and Godfrey.  The drunker the squire gets, the more he pushes Nancy on Godfrey.

 

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