A simple, honest, and kindhearted weaver. After losing faith in both God and his fellow man, he lives for fifteen years as a solitary miser. After his money is stolen, his faith and trust are restored by his adopted daughter, Eppie, whom he lovingly raises
Silas's proud and priggish best friend from his childhood in Lantern Yard. He frames Silas for theft in order to bring disgrace upon him, then marries Silas's fiancée, Sarah.
Godfrey's secret wife and Eppie's mother. Once pretty, she has been destroyed by her addictions to opium and alcohol.
A girl whom Silas Marner eventually adopts. She is the biological child of Godfrey Cass and Molly Farren, Godfrey's secret wife. She is pretty and spirited, and loves Silas unquestioningly.
The wealthiest man in Raveloe. He is lazy, self-satisfied, and short-tempered.
The eldest son of Squire Cass. He is good-natured but selfish and weak-willed. He knows what is right but is unwilling to pay the price for obeying his conscience.
Godfrey's younger brother. He, as he is usually called, is cruel, lazy, and unscrupulous, and he loves gambling and drinking.
Nancy's and Priscilla's father. He is a proud and morally uncompromising man.
The object of Godfrey's affection and his eventual wife. She is pretty, caring, and stubborn, and she lives her life by a code of rules that sometimes seems arbitrary and uncompromising.
Nancy's homely and plainspoken sister. She talks endlessly but is extremely competent at everything she does.
The rector of Raveloe. He is a small, jolly man, as likely to dance as pray.
a small blinking woman, who fidgeted incessantly with her lace, ribbons, and gold chain, turning her head about and making subdued noises, very much like a guinea-pig, that twitches its nose and soliloquises in all company indiscriminately—now blinked and fidgeted towards the Squire, and said, "O no—no offence."...
One of the most venerable of Raveloe's landed parishioners.
decorous country lady with a special affinity for Nancy Lammeter, her niece.
Godfrey's uncle and Raveloe's doctor. He is usually an animated conversationalist and joker, but becomes irritable when he plays cards. He has no medical degree and inherited the position of village physician from his father.
The corpulent, dignified wife of Dr. Kimble, she is well respected in Raveloe.
Bryce & Keating
Two members of the landed class in Raveloe's vicinity, and friends of the Cass boys.
A friend of both Godfrey and Dunsey. One of them arrange to buy Wildfire, Dunsey's horse.
The wheelwright's wife who helps Silas with Eppie. She later becomes Eppie's godmother and mother-in-law. She is kind, patient, and devout.
Dolly's son and Eppie's eventual husband.
A "large, jocose-looking" denizen of Raveloe. He is wheelwright during the week, chorus leader on Sundays.
The landlord of the Rainbow, a local tavern. By nature a conciliatory person, he always tries to settle arguments
The butcher and cousin of Mr. Snell. "A jolly, smiling, red-haired man."
The town farrier, who shoes horses and tends to general livestock diseases. He is a fiercely contrarian person, much taken with his own opinions.
The deputy-clerk of Raveloe as well as Mr. Macey's apprentice tailor. He is picked on somewhat, and he has a reputation as an awful chorister.