Dear Godfrey Cass,

You don’t know who I am, you don’t know where I am from, but I know your story. Although the way you reveal yourself to the world as being someone harsh and cruel, in one certain circumstance you show a glimmer of hope. Nobody can tell if you are being sincere because they’ve never seen that side of you before but I’m willing to see both sides of your story. You seem to have been ashamed of one of your own hidden and neglected her for many years and only now you seem to have realised the missing piece in your life.

Eppie is not only your blood and your daughter but someone who can change you for the better. It is only now after she has developed a bond with someone else whom you despise that you want to claim her as your own to save your image and relationship with your wife Nancy. Although it may be true that a daughter should have a relationship with her father, Silas Marner has filled that void in immensely, where you should have previously been and by commanding and demanding a forced relationship with your biological daughter isn’t the right way to start a relationship.

You have lost in this case because the true affection that you can see Marner has towards Eppie and vice or verse overcomes the ‘happy family’ image that you are trying to display. The higher status lifestyle doesn’t always trump the lower class lifestyle. The materialism that you can’t shake loses against the depth of having a genuine connection and a happy and healthy lifestyle.

If you believe it is your ‘duty’ why didn’t you do it from the beginning? Be the father you knew deep down you should have been. However, flashing your monetary wealth is the way you do so. You are showing your daughter, her step-father as well as your wife that you are someone who always gets what they want by any means. Even I can see it when you’re trying to portray to Marner that monetary benefits will be provided by having your daughter in your life. Why would you show off your money? That is not all that matters in this world? Is your daughter healthy and happy? The answer is yes. Has she been well looked after and raised? The answer is also yes.

Humor me, why would you show off your money? That is not all that matters in this world? Is your daughter healthy and happy? The answer is yes. Has she been well looked after and raised? The answer is also yes.

Think about these mistakes if you ever get a chance to do this again. Learning from them is the best way to have even a slight relationship with Eppie. As I said before, a daughter should have a relationship with her father. As a concerned stranger, maybe look at it through someone else’s eyes.

Kind Regards,
Annaliese Ferraro

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3 thoughts on “#7 A Letter to Godfrey Cass

  1. Hi Annaliese,
    I love this letter of yours. You read my mind completely because this is how I also felt about Godfrey. To him, it was all about materials and money, but we should take into consideration maybe that’s how he was raised, not how he truly was as a person. Perhaps, if Eppie was raised with the same values, she would have turned out differently as well, therefore we can’t truly judge Godfrey for his sense of judgement, because he did take his daughter into consideration, just not fully. What we can judge him for is his inability for sympathy. Even though Eppie is his daughter by blood, Silas was the one to raise her into an adult. Godfrey would be willing to offer his materialistic worth to gain Eppie back without realizing it is something you have to earn, and I don’t think he ever had to earn for anything in his life. I love that you pointed out the wrong in Godfrey’s way, but in a sympathetic manner like you really wanted him to change into a better person. This is great entry.

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  2. It seems you are very much better when you are writing creatively rather than analytically where you get lost in words that you don’t really understand…. an interesting situation for you: but don’t give up… come and see me if you need some more feedback…
    MG

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