"Nothing Is So Good As It Seems Beforehand"

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Last Updated on May 11, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 309

Context: Godfrey Cass comes home one day to impart terrible news to his wife: dishonor has come to the family of Squire Cass, for Godfrey's brother Dunstan's skeleton has been found. Dunstan's disappearance sixteen years before was a mystery; now it is known that he drowned in a nearby stone pit. It is also evident, now that the body has been found, that Dunstan was the person who robbed Silas Marner, the weaver, of his hard-earned gold guineas. This bringing to light of past events moves Godfrey Cass to confess his own sins to his wife. He reveals to her that he is the unknown father of Eppie, a young girl who has been reared by Silas Marner since he took her in as an infant when her mother was found dead in the snow after taking an overdose of laudanum. Nancy Cass tells her husband that he should have revealed this matter to her six years before, when they were about to be married, so that she could have taken Eppie as her daughter, not only giving the young girl love, but also having a child in the house to make it easier to bear the loss of her own infant son. Godfrey replies to this speech, however, that his wife's pride, as well as her father's, would not have let her have anything to do with him had it been known he had been married already to Eppie's mother. Nancy Cass states her opinion on that matter:

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"I can's say what I should have done about that, Godfrey. I should never have married anybody else. But I wasn't worth doing wrong for–nothing is in this world. Nothing is as good as it seems beforehand–not even our marrying wasn't, you see." There was a faint sad smile on Nancy's face as she said the last words.

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