A classic by a new-to-you author. Silas Marner (1861) by George Eliot. The Literary Life Podcast. AmblesideOnline Year 10.
Silas Marner, a weaver, lives a miserable, lonely life until a mysterious baby girl appears on his doorstep. The girl brings joy and purpose to Marner, but questions about her origin and fate shadow their happy home.
I did not expect to enjoy this book so much because of the time period when it was written, but Eliot defied Victorian expectations to write a page-turning fairy tale with a surprisingly happy ending. I somehow missed reading any George Eliot books in high school or university, so I excited about having a new author to explore. Before I read anything else by her though, I loved this story so much I plan to reread it in the coming year.
I saved many quotes in my Kindle, but this one in particular made me chuckle thanks to our own guinea piggies:
Mrs. Crackenthorp—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 soliloquizes in all company indiscriminately—now blinked and fidgeted towards the Squire, and said, “Oh, no—no offence.”