Write a letter to any one of the following four characters telling them what you think of their choices in chapter 19 of the novel: Godfrey, Silas, Nancy and Eppie.
I am writing in response to the choices you made when confronted by Eppie’s biological father, Godfrey. I believe that the way you carried yourself during this confronting moment was incredibly moving to read. You were defiant in your use of words and stood up against Godfrey even though you were hesitant at first. I really like how you did not stand in Eppie’s way when Godfrey wanted her come live with him and Nancy. You let her make her own choice even though you wanted her to choose you. This to me showed how amazing you are, you did not feel like Eppie owed you anything for all the years you spent looking after her. You trusted her own to make her own decision based on what she thought was right for herself. This is in contrast to Godfrey who believed that because Eppie was biologically his daughter, belonged to him and owed him a duty of care, when he was never there to show his duty of care to her for all these years. As you declared, “then, sir, why didn’t you say so sixteen year ago, and claim her before I’d come to love her”. Your use of rhetorical question really strikes a vital question about why Godfrey chose to neglect Eppie when he had a duty to look after her.
I also really like how you do not care about the superficial things like material wealth. You are content with your life with Eppie and the humble life that you lead together, you appreciate all the wealth of happiness she has brought you and vis versa. I really felt for you when Godfrey states he wanted to bring Eppie back to his home to live with him and Nancy. I could only imagine the sense of agony and distress you felt at having the one thing that meant the world to you being taken away. I am so glad Eppie chose to stay with you, it shows us the readers that she loves you and rightfully so. You have been an exceptional father to her and provided her with all she could need in life.