In Silas Marner, Chapter 9, how has Godfrey's position changed?

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Near the end of Chapter IX, Eliot writes,

Godfrey left the room, hardly knowing whether he was more relieved by the sense that the interview was ended without having made any change in his position, or more uneasy that he had entangled himself in prevarication and deceit.

So, the reader must conclude that, as mentioned, his position with his father has not changed. However, he has woven a more tangled web with his lies about his reasons for not marrying Nancy Lammeter. For, when his father suggests that he propose to Nancy, he tells his father,

"I think she's a little offended with me right now, and I should like to speak for myself."

Godfrey makes many excuses for his not proposing to Nancy; for example, he states that she would not wish to live in their house because of his brothers. But, above all, Geoffrey gambles on Chance--he hopes that some change in circumstances will alter his situation for the better. As Eliot expresses it, he believes in "Chance" as the "mighty creator of success."