Silas Marner: Novel Summary: Chapter 20

Godfrey and Nancy walk home in the darkness. Godfrey blames himself for the situation, saying, “It’s part of my punishment, Nancy, for my daughter to dislike me. I should never have got into that trouble if I’d been true to you— if I hadn’t been a fool. I’d no right to expect anything but evil could come of that marriage— and when I shirked doing a father’s part too.”
Finally both decide that it’s best that this secret isn’t revealed to the rest of the town.