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When we come across Dolly Winthrop in Silas Marner we notice that she is kindhearted,  generous and charitable. When she notices that  Eppie needs some baby clothes, she does not hesitate to offer Silas some of Aaron, her son's old clothes for Eppie's use. She poses in Raveloe as the most handy woman ready always to offer help and assistance where necessary. She helps in tracing Molly Farren's corpse in the snow and equally assists Silas Marner in the upbringing of the baby Eppie.

    She is loving, caring and sympathetic. We see her deep love and respect for her husband shown in his feeding and the assistance she gives him in his church responsibilities. She also shows a strong and deep love and attachment to her son, Aaron, who accompanies her on her visits to Silas Marner's cottage. She again encourages Silas to Christian Eppie and she stands as the child's Godmother. She does all these out of the love she has for both Silas and the child Eppie.

    Dolly Winthrop is religious and God-fearing. Although she is not very knowledgeable in the Bible and church doctrine, she has faith in God and good deeds. Her love for God pushes her to encourage Silas to go to church. She spares no opportunity to bring Silas closer to God through her preachings to him and proving these by her good deeds to Silas. She bakes lard cakes as Christmas gifts to Silas with a religious imprint,-I.H.S-on them. These are initials found on the church pulpit clothes. Eventhough she doesn't know what these initials stand for, she knows they should be something good.

    Dolly Winthrop is honest and sincere. She honestly tells Silas that she does not know the initials printed on the cakes she bakes for them. She sincerely tells Silas of the shallow knowledge she has of the Bible and religion as a whole. When encouraging Silas to baptize Eppie she confesses to him that she herself does not know the importance of baptism but knows it is good for the child.

    Dolly Winthrop plays very important roles in the story as will be seen below.

    Dolly Winthrop is the wife of Ben Winthrop and the mother of Aaron Winthrop who ends up as the husband of Eppie.

     Dolly Winthrop is a lady who manifests some positive dispositions, especially towards Silas Marner and her daughter, Eppie in Silas Marner. She is among the rescue team that accompany Silas and the baby to the stone-pits to check on the dead Molly Farren, Eppie's mother. When they arrive the scene Dolly Winthrop is the one who prepares the corpse for burial.

    Her frequent visits to Silas Marner's cottage help to draw out Silas from an introvert to an extrovert, enabling him to fully integrate himself in the society of Raveloe.

    She also plays the role of the Godmother of Eppie after working very hard to bring back Silas to church.
    All in all, Dolly Winthrop is an amiable character in Silas Marner and plays important roles in the story worthy of emulation.

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