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CONCLUSION

Summary

One fine sunny day, Eppie is married to Aaron. She looks pretty in a white gown, which has been provided by Nancy Cass. Godfrey Cass is out of town for the wedding but has enlarged Silas' garden for Nancy, Aaron, and Silas. Eppie is jubilant over how pretty everything looks in the new garden. Everyone in the village is very happy for the couple, and they feel that Silas has been justly blessed through his kindness to an orphan child.


Notes

Eppie has always loved nature and the outdoors. Her marriage day, therefore, is appropriately filled with nature imagery. There are great lilacs and laburnums; there is happy sunshine; "the flowers in Eppie's garden shine with answering gladness." Sunshine is symbolic of happiness, and Eppie, Aaron, and Silas are genuinely happy on the wedding day. Eppie is lovelier than ever; she is dressed in pure white, and her hair looks like "the dash of gold on lily." Once again she is pictured as an angel.

Godfrey is conspicuously missing from the wedding celebration. Apparently he is guilt-ridden and feels some pain for his daughter. It is very touching to see that Godfrey has constructed a pretty garden for his daughter and made arrangements for the wedding feast. The truth about Godfrey, however, is still not known in Raveloe. This leads to many ironic statements. The villager feels that Godfrey's great interest in the weaver and the arrangements he has made for the wedding result from the fact that Silas "had been wronged by one of his family."


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