'What can I do? ... I must get up in the morning and do what every one else does. It is all like a dance set beforehand. I seem to see all that can be - and I am tired and sick of it. And the world is all confusion to me'
Poised at a roulette table, prepared to throw away a small fortune, Gwendolen Harleth fascinates Daniel Deronda. But their lives depart drastically, as the spoiled Gwendolen is changed by suffering and misfortune, and the young gentleman's identity is transformed by revelations about the past.
Daniel Deronda was a hugely controversial challenge to the literature and the society of its day. Incredible in its ambition, George Eliot's final novel combines a moving sense of human nature with a sweeping and detailed portrait of British society, and the Jewish experience both within and beyond it.
Penguin English Library