Place: Great Britain
I have found this book in a list of must read books of English literature. My pride has suffered much, I must say, for how could there be a George Eliot must read work which I haven't even heard about? Anyway I set out to read this and well, its pretty good, I confess. Eliot's second best (haven't yet found a rival for 'Mill on the Floss').
Soon revelation comes out of blue; Deronda's mother, appearing for the first time informs about his Jewish birth. His father is dead and as the mother hated their religion, she left the child in the care of Sir Hugo to be brought up as an English man.
Meanwhile Gwendolen's life is in decline. She is just a slave to her husband's will and consequently unhappy. But his sudden death through drowning releases her at last though his fortune is bequeathed to the illegitimate son. But Gwendolen is content with her meagre wealth and she decides to live in a more fruitful way taking Deronda's advice.
Deronda marries Mirah and together they go to east to acquire more wisdom and to awake the Jewish people.