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Part 2, Chapters 18, 19, and 20

Part Two, Chapter Eighteen

Godfrey returns, trembling. He's quite startled. The stone-pit near Silas' house has run dry and Dunstan's skeleton has been found there. They've found, as well, that Dunstan has robbed Silas. The gold was in the pit, too.

Godfrey takes this as a lesson that everything, sooner or later, will be revealed. He decides to tell Nancy about Molly and Eppie. He tells her that he knows when Silas first found the child, he should have admitted that she was his child, but that he felt it would have meant giving Nancy up, and he didn't want to do that. He asks for her forgiveness, and she doesn't seem to have trouble giving it to him. After all, she says, he's been a good husband to her. But she feels that they can never make it up to Eppie. They decide to go to Silas' to see if they can get Eppie to come live with them after all these years.

Part Two, Chapter Nineteen

Eppie and Silas are sitting alone at the cottage. The gold is lying on a table near them. Silas says that he feels that although the money was taken from him, it's been waiting there for Eppie this whole time.

Godfrey and Nancy come to the door. They offer to take Eppie since Silas is getting old and the money -- though a windfall -- may not last him for the rest of his life. Eppie would have an easier time of it with them, they suggest. Godfrey also offers to compensate Silas for letting Eppie come to them.

Silas tells Eppie he won't try to influence her decision. She approaches the Cass's and says that she can't leave her father and that furthermore, she doesn't want to be "'a lady,'" which means that she doesn't want to move to a higher station.

Godfrey reveals himself to her now, telling her that he's her father. Silas responds by asking him why he didn't claim her sixteen years ago. He's clearly distressed by the idea that Godfrey would take Eppie from him; he says it would be like cutting them in two. Godfrey pushes Silas, saying that he'd have thought that Silas would have wanted the best for Eppie. Eppie holds Silas' hand firmly, saying that she'd have no happiness in her life if she were to think of Silas -- her "'father,'" she says -- sitting alone, without her. Silas cautions her to make sure that she's doing the right thing. But Eppie is firm. She doesn't want the life of the Cass's. Silas is her father, she says: he's the only one she can ever feel that way for.

Godfrey and Nancy leave in great haste, quite upset.

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Historical Context
Main Characters
Points to Ponder
Did You Know
Plot Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapters 2 and 3
Part 1, Chapters 4, 5 and 6
Part 1, Chapters 7,8, and 9
Part 1, Chapters 10, 11, and 12
Part 1, Chapters 13, 14, and 15
Part 2, Chapters 16 and 17
Part 2, Chapters 18, 19, and 20
Part 2, Chapters 20 and 21
Part 2, Conclusion


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