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"Nothing Is So Good As It Seems Beforehand"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

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...

(The entire section is 309 words.)