Silas's alienation Why did Silas alienate himself from society, was it because he could no longer trust anyone? or was it because he lost all hope in human relationships?

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I think that both of your suggestions actually work together to create an interesting answer. Because he is falsely accused of the theft at Lantern Yard his ability to trust the people falters. This in turn makes him lose hope in the humanity; he clearly feels that he can only "connect" with his money -- an object that can't hurt him emotionally. It is only after he loses the money and is all but "forced" to connect with Eppie that he sees people in a different light and is reborn in his understanding of importance and power of human relationships.

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