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The eponymous protagonist of George Eliot's Silas Marner is a misanthropic weaver who is an outcast from society. He lives only for his growing horde of gold, which is stolen from him one day. But then he finds a golden-haired little girl on his doorstep. He brings her up as his own and learns humanity again.
Silas Marner appears on Mullan's list of ten of the best misers in literature and Alexandra Styron's list of the five best books about fathers and daughters.