Though Silas Maner started life as a religious man, a heartbreaking betrayal leaves him feeling abandoned by his friends, the woman he is to marry, and his God. He leaves everything behind and exiles himself to the small village of Raveloe. The suspicious and superstitious townspeople of Raveloe don't understand the reclusive weaver and soon come to the conclusion that Marner is too strange and perhaps even a bit evil. Marner's growing stack of gold...
Three stories are set during the last twenty years of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century over a fifty year period, and take place in and around the fictional town of Milby in the English Midlands. Eliot examines, among other things, the effects of religious reform and the tension between the Established and the Dissenting Churches on the clergymen and their congregations, and draws attention to various social issues,...
Based on George Eliot's novel, Middlemarch is set in early nineteenth century England and charts the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the town as it divides its population into two opposing factions: the conservatives and the liberals.