Uh - that's a treasure chest, right?That he got from a pirate expedition, because he's a Mariner?

What? A marner? What kind of marner?

A silas marner? Wiki:

Marner heads south to the Midlands and settles near the village of Raveloe, where he lives as a recluse, lapsing into bouts of catalepsy, and existing only for work and the gold he has hoarded from his earnings. The gold is stolen by Dunstan ('Dunsey') Cass, the dissolute younger son of Squire Cass, the town's leading landowner. Silas sinks into a deep gloom, despite the villagers' attempts to aid him.

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