5. Silas Marner and Romola: 1860–4

  1. Nancy Henry

Published Online: 30 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118274644.ch5

Life of George Eliot, The: A Critical Biography

Life of George Eliot, The: A Critical Biography

How to Cite

Henry, N. (2012) Silas Marner and Romola: 1860–4, in Life of George Eliot, The: A Critical Biography, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118274644.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2012

Book Series:

  1. Blackwell Critical Biographies

Book Series Editors:

  1. Claude Rawson

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405137058

Online ISBN: 9781118274644



  • Silas Marner and Romola, 1860–4;
  • Silas Marner, story of salvation through the love of a child;
  • Eliot and the double consciousness lived with, as a state of mind;
  • “double consciousness” in “Recollections of Italy”;
  • Silas Marner, elements of betrayal, secrecy, death;
  • The Mill, and moral skepticism, in Eliot's two short stories;
  • Silas Marner, reflecting a complicated consciousness;
  • plot of Silas Marner, within a sexual triangle, and betrayal;
  • Romola, new phase of literary allusiveness, and mythic symbolism;
  • Romola, reflecting Eliot's psychological insights


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Silas Marner

  • Romola

  • Marriage and Betrayal

  • Sexuality in Romola