linen-weavers—emigrants from the town into the country—were to the last regarded as aliens by their rustic neighbours, and usually contracted the eccentric habits which belong to a state of loneliness.

Category: Things | Type: Discussion | Title: Silas Marner (in Context) | Author: George Eliot | Vol: PART ONE | Ch: CHAPTER I

Linen was a prized fabric of pre-historic origins and that subsequently used to wrap the Egyptian mummies and in ceremonial activites. In 1800 linen was used for table cloths, shrouds, and undergarments or lingerie, a word that comes from linen, as does lining, Weaving linen required skill, and a linen weaver was a desirable addition to the neighborhood.

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