[...] Lydia's physical portrayal mirrors that of the Jewish characters in the novel who are repeatedly linked with darkness and foreignness in an effort to draw attention to and critique their outsider status within Anglo society, like Mirah who has "dark hair" (193), Herr Klesmer who appears "foreign" (228), and Mordecai, who, like Lydia, is described as having "crisp black hair" (357). Because of the prominence of the novel's "Jewish half" of the narrative structure, it is not surprising that scholars generally refer to Eliot's sympathetic treatment of Jewish characters to make claims about her attitudes towards imperialism and race relations.
THE OTHER WOMAN: LYDIA GLASHER AND THE DISRUPTION OF ENGLISH RACIAL IDENTITY IN GEORGE ELIOT’S DANIEL DERONDA KATHLEEN R. SLAUGH-SANFORD In the early pages of George Eliot’s final novel Daniel Deronda (1876), Gwendolen Harleth wrestles with the impending decision to accept or reject the marriage proposal of Henleigh Grandcourt, a formidable but wealthy man. Gwendolen realizes that an alliance with Grandcourt would rescue her, as well as her mother and sisters, from financial hardship,
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