'Daniel Deronda' is witty, descriptive, and romantic. Before there was Scarlett O'Hara, willful Gwendolyn Harleth schemed to get her way in a society that offered security only to the rich. The author offers fascinating glimpses of mid 1800's drawing rooms, hunting parties, casinos, and more, filling them with memorable characters. This is a classic English novel, verbose perhaps, but with a clarity that's lets the reader inhabit another century. For those not familiar with Eliot's style, narrative and description may seem to set a slow pace.