What do we learn about how Raveloe folk feel about strangers?
What do we learn about how Raveloe folk feel about "cleverness"
Is Raveloe a forward looking village or a place set in its ways?
What things about Silas might contribute to the villagers' mistrust
Why do the people of Lantern Yard not try to find out the reason
for Silas' fits?
How does William Dane get away with framing Silas for a crime
he did not commit? Why do they not follow the normal course
of law after the theft?
Why does Silas' kind act in healing Sally Oates, and his subsequent
behaviour, make the mistrust him more?
How does the Raveloe folk's rejection of Silas contribute towards
turning him into a miser?
Chapter 4 & 5
How does the theft by Dunstan Cass of Silas' money effect him
How does it later come to work to Silas' advantage?
Find a quotation which suggests that the villagers have ceased
to fear Silas and are no longer isolating him.
Find a quotation which shows that the Raveloe attitude to Christianity
is ignorant and superstitious.
What effect does Silas' decision to keep the child have on how
the villagers feel about him? In what way does Dolly Winthrop's
insistence that Eppie should be christened help Silas towards
being accepted by the villagers?
In what ways does Dolly's faith, shown throughout the novel,
Why does Silas come to feel that the theft was a good thing?
The questions before the row of asterisks will help you think
about how the attitudes of the two communities and the behaviour
of William Dane and Dunstan Cass create tragedy for Silas. The
questions which follow it suggest ways in which the Raveloe
attitude and Dunstan Cass's behaviour actually help save him.