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1. What was Silas Marner’s life in Raveloe like in the years following his arrival from Lantern Yard?

Silas lived a secluded life, sticking to his weaving and have as little to do with his neighbors as possible. He shooed away troublesome boys who peered in at his windows, did not invite anyone to visit, and did not do anything with the townsfolk except in order to obtain the bare necessities of life.

2. What is the narrative point of view of Silas Marner?

The novel is spoken in the third-person by a narrator in the past tense for much of the book, following the character of Silas Marner, with occasional sections or chapters that focus more on character building or scene descriptions.

3. In what way is Silas Marner deemed guilty of theft by his fellows of Lantern Yard?

By praying and the drawing of lots. In this way, the lots declared Silas Marner guilty, in spite of his innocence, and he left Lantern Yard.

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