rather stay at the Stone-pits than go to any new home.

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: Silas Marner (in Context) | Author: George Eliot | Vol: PART TWO | Ch: CONCLUSION.

Eppie is fortunate to be able to remain in and near her childhood home.

Yet for those who cannot or choose not to, Eliot would have as supports the language, customs, traditions, and beliefs of the nation. The monarchy serves something of that function. Amid movement and change and ideas of "progress," customs and traditions steady the psyche. Using "Providence" with gentle irony, Eliot writes in Middlemarch that "A kind Providence furnishes the limpest personality with a little gum or starch in the form of tradition." 

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