In Silas Marner, what is Godfrey’s great unfulfilled desire?

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I assume you are referring to Godfrey in Book II of this incredible novel rather than Book I. In Book II, of course, Godfrey has received his "lucky escape" of being able to rid himself of his unfortunate choice of first wife without people discovering the truth about him. He has since married Nancy, whom he has desired for so long, and when Book II opens, sixteen years have passed between the end of Book I. However, as Chapter Seventeen makes clear, the one element...

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