Who is the Cass family in Silas Marner?

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The Cass family constitutes the gentry of Raveloe because they are land and business owners as well as people of renowned name and history in the village. 

The head of the family is Squire Cass, a hardworking man that has achieved his successes by his own efforts. He is the richest man in Raveloe, hardened by hard work, and unfortunately, not too good of a father as his children will prove.

The eldest son is Godfrey, a good man but totally weak and dependant on his younger brother. Godfrey lacks motivation and is easily led to do things he should not be doing.

The youngest and last of the Cass clan is Dunstan. He is possibly the most irresponsible, heartless, mean-spirited, abusive man in Raveloe. He is also the man responsible for stealing Silas's gold and he ultimately dies in a freak accident with the gold in hand.