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What kind of place is the Rainbow Inn in Silas Marner?

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The Rainbow Inn, a village inn and tavern, is the social center for both the more affluent residents of Raveloe as well as for others. 

After he discovers that his gold is missing, Silas Marner rushes to this inn in the hope of locating those persons of authority who can assist him in swiftly searching for his lost treasure. In his mind Silas Marner views this local inn as a site where authorities and others of importance can be expeditiously reached.

...it was the place where he was likely to find the powers and dignities of Raveloe, and where he could most speedily make his loss public.

Unfortunately for Marner, when he reaches the inn, he learns that the parlor located on the left of the inn, which is usually reserved for the upper class of Raveloe, such as Squire Cass, is empty on this night because many of the usual occupants are in attendance at Mrs. Osgood's birthday dance. 

The Rainbow Inn provides a contrast in the narrative since prior...

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