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.