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Daniel Deronda: Revelations

This book starts out with some much needed explanation of why Daniel was willing to listen to Mordecai. Daniel is “dissatisfied with his neutral life” and wants a special duty or purpose. Into this vacuum comes Mordecai’s ardour and certainty. … Continue reading

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Books I Read in November & December 2015

In November I read: • The Winter’s Tale, by William Shakespeare, read by a full cast including Ciaran Hinds as Leontes and Eileen Atkins as Paulina, directed by Clive Brill (Arkangel, 2003) — “A sad tale’s best for winter.” But … Continue reading

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Daniel Deronda: Mordecai

“Your doubts lie as light as dust on my belief.” (Daniel Deronda, chapter 40) The big events of book five are Daniel Deronda seeing Gwendolen after she is married and his meeting with Mordecai. Though Gwendolen is as much a … Continue reading

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Daniel Deronda: Gwendolen Gets Her Choice

Upon becoming engaged to Grandcourt, Gwendolen experiences a sensation quite new to her: “she who had been used to feel sure of herself, and ready to manage others, had just taken a decisive step which she had beforehand thought that … Continue reading

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Daniel Deronda: Maidens Choosing

“Gwendolen had her way, of course …” (Daniel Deronda, chapter 23) “[M]an is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” (Job 5:7). Mirah Lapidoth had an early acquaintance with this truth. Mirah is a passive young women, humbly enduring … Continue reading

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Daniel Deronda: Meeting Streams

About half of “Meeting Streams” (the second book of Daniel Deronda) is about Gwendolen, while the second half focuses on Daniel Deronda. At the beginning of the book, Gwendolen is, surprisingly to herself, having a bit of trouble with “her … Continue reading

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Daniel Deronda: The Spoiled Child

“Was she beautiful or not beautiful? and what was the secret of form or expression which gave the dynamic quality to her glance? Was the good or the evil genius dominant in those beams?” — Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot; … Continue reading

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