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Daniel Deronda

Daniel Deronda


by George Eliot

Sir Hugo Mallinger

Character Analysis

Sir Hugo is Daniel's guardian. Daniel spends the bulk of his young life convinced that Sir Hugo is secretly his dad – and actually, everyone else thinks so, too. He is a kind, understanding man who wants to give Daniel the best opportunities. He marries Lady Mallinger on the late-ish side of his life. Even though Sir Hugo has a lot of great property and money, his wife and daughters can't inherit it, so everything is going to go to Grandcourt.