I read the book Silar Marner in high school. It was on the required reading list; but I probably would have read it anyway. Sailas Maner was written by George Eliot and published in 1861. In this book the main characters are Silar Marner and his adopted daughter Eppie (named for Hephzibah- terrible name!).
The story goes something like this: Silas as accused of stealing money from his church in one city so he was forced to move to a different one. While there he became resentful and reclusive. One day he finds Eppie by the side of her recently dead mother. He adopts her and their life together brightens the life of everyone around, etc. Silas becomes much less grumpy but their troubles are not yet over. Eppie turns out to be a daughter of a noble squire. When this is revealed all kinds of boring high jinks ensue.
I found this story to be one of the most predictable and boring books that I have ever read, even at the tender age of 14. It really reminds me of one of those Horatio Alger Jr. stories where every boy starts out poor and ends up rich. Only since George Elliot (who was actually supposedly a woman) had a very boring life I assume, his stories are even more boring.
While reclusive ladies such as Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Jane Austin, and even Emily Dickenson were able to write inventive and interesting stories using their imaginations, George Elliot was not.
I really feel that the 6-8 hours I spent reading that book were some of the most worthless in my life. I have no problem reading a somewhat badly written book if I find the content enjoyable, but Silas Marner is neither well written nor interesting. Pretty much any other book from this time period is a better use of time.
Now you know my true opinion.