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All of Silas Marner's hope in life lies in his adopted daugher Eppie.  Prior to her unusual arrival on his doorstep, he was a hermit and a miser -- only happy by himself when he could get out all his money and stare at it.  Once his money is stolen, he thinks that his life has no meaning -- but the next day the small child appears in his yard and he takes her in.  Her youthful innocence and her need for his care completely transform Marner.  For the first time in his life he has a TRUE purpose in life.  Eppie grows into a delightful, bright young woman and Marner is as devoted to her as she is to him.  Even when she discovers that she is actually the daughter of a wealthy man, she stays with Marner because he is her father in all the ways that matter.  Marner, through Eppie, learns that hope in the world comes through interactions with people, not through gold coins.