Silas Marner is an old miser who learns that developing human relationships is more valuable than collecting gold coins. As a young man, Marner is framed by his closest friend who attends the same church with him. After the church excludes him, Marner becomes very bitter and moves away to a country village called Raveloe in order to make a new start as a weaver. Marner becomes fascinated by the brilliance of gold coins and begins to hoard them. The most influential family in Raveloe is the Cass family, part of the landed gentry. Godfrey Cass has a soul-wrenching secret that frustrates many of his hopes and dreams. This story is a classic example of the consequences of sin and how sin can create confusion and limitations for one's purpose in life. Eliot offers a good look at country life in 18th-century England.