Silas Marner, by George Eliot, tells the story of its titular character: a weaver who lives in the slum of Lantern Yard. Silas is wrongly accused of stealing from the Calvinist congregation he belongs to while he is taking care of the church's ill deacon. His wife leaves him to marry his best friend, who is strongly implied to be the one who framed Silas. He decides to leave Lantern Yard and travel south to a village called Raveloe, where his money is stolen by a young man named Dunsey Cass, who then disappears.
One night, a child wanders into Silas' house, and he follows her foot tracks in the snow back to her mother, who is lying dead on the ground. The woman is Molly Farren, the estranged, opium-addicted wife of Dunsey's older brother Godfrey Cass. For Godfrey, the death is convenient, because it frees him to marry another woman named Nancy. Silas decides to adopt the child, names her Eppie, and raises her. One day, Dunsey Cass's skeleton is discovered with the gold still in his hands, which is then returned to Silas. Shocked by this discovery, Godfrey decides to confess to his wife that Eppie is his child, but when the two approach Eppie to adopt her, she rejects them in favor of Silas. Around this time, Silas visits Lantern Yard, only to find the entire street replaced with a factory, but he is content with his new life and family. The book ends with Eppie's marriage to a boy named Aaron, and with the two moving into Silas's house.