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By George Eliot

On a daily basis the miserly Silas Marner works, and each evening he is taking his hoard of gold out from lower than his floorboards and counts it. Then his fortunes switch unexpectedly. And while an deserted baby, Eppie, unearths her manner into his domestic, Silas is given an opportunity to rework his existence forever.

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