In Silas Marner, in what ways is Godfrey a changed person?

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It is in Chapter 15 that we appreciate how lucky Godfrey actually is. Molly, his former wife, has died, leaving him free to marry Nancy, Dunstan has disappeared for good removing another worry from his life, and now his daughter is being looked after by Silas Marner, and he is able to help contribute to her living and have it interpreted by villagers as "goodwill." Note how the omniscient narrator of this text describes the new Godfrey at this juncture of his life:

He felt a reformed man, delivered from temptation; and the vision of his future life seemed to him as a promised land for which he had no cause to fight. He saw himself with all his happiness centred on his own hearth, while Nancy would smile on him as he played with the children.

Having had no hope, he is full of hope, and sees nothing preventing him from attaining the future that he wishes to attain. All of his problems that had seemed so big and immovable have now shifted to allow him a glimpse of his future happiness.