I read Silas Marner as a sophomore in high school and I still remember it today, as a senior about to graduate. The tale about a lonely old man, Silas, who lost his not only his faith in God but his most supposedly valuable treasure, his gold, learns that nothing can ever take the place of human love and companionship when he adopts Eppie. With her help, he learns to care about more than money, and a thrilling, touching novel is the result. When I was told to read this book, I automatically thought I wouldn't like it, since it was an assigned book. Instead, it has become one of my favorite novels of all time, right up there with Pride and Prejudice, Hamlet, and The Power and the Glory.