Study Guide

Daniel Deronda Characters

By George Eliot

Daniel Deronda

Daniel is the protagonist of the novel (if you couldn't tell from the fact that his name is, uh,...

Gwendolen Harleth Grandcourt

Is she beautiful, or isn't she? This question starts off our first encounter with Gwendolen. It...

Mirah Lapidoth

Talk about making an entrance – we first meet Mirah when Daniel notices her trying to drown...

Mordecai

Mordecai is one of those characters that truly stands out – he's totally memorable, both to...

Henleigh Mallinger Grandcourt

It's OK if you hate Grandcourt. We don't like him at all, either – that just goes to show...

Clintock

Clintock runs in the same social circle as Gwendolen and is always talking to her at parties.

Ezra Cohen

Ezra Cohen is a shopkeeper in London whom Daniel originally mistakes for being Mirah's brother....

Mrs. Cohen (Grandma Cohen)

Mrs. Cohen the elder is Ezra Cohen's mom. Daniel mistakes her for Mirah's long-lost mother...

Addy Cohen

Addy is Ezra Cohen's wife. She's a pretty nice lady from what we can tell. We don't get to know...

Jacob Cohen

Ezra Cohen's son. He's always trying to trade stuff with people. Mordecai is trying to mold him...

Adelaide Rebekah Cohen

Ezra Cohen's daughter. She's cute and kisses Daniel on the face.

Eugenie Cohen

Also known as Baby Cohen – we don't hear a peep out of this little munchkin.

Fanny Davilow

Fanny is Gwendolen's mom. She has been married twice – first to Gwendolen's dad, a Mr....

Alice, Bertha, Fanny, and Isabel Davilow

These girls are Gwendolen's four younger half-sisters. Alice is the oldest at sixteen, Bertha and...

Mr. Gascoigne

Mr. Gascoigne is also frequently referred to as "The Rector." He is Gwendolen's uncle through...

Mrs. Gascoigne

Mrs. Gascoigne is Mrs. Davilow's sister, Gwendolen's aunt, and Rex and Anna's mother. She can be...

Rex Gascoigne

Rex is Gwendolen's cousin and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gascoigne. He falls for Gwendolen pretty...

Anna Gascoigne

Anna is Rex's younger sister. She is sweet and demure – definitely not the same kind of...

Warham Gascoigne

Warham is Rex and Anna's brother who is away in India.

Lydia Glasher

Lydia Glasher is Grandcourt's former lover. She left her husband for Grandcourt and has four...

Joseph Kalonymos

Joseph Kalonymos is the old man whom Daniel meets in the synagogue in Frankfort and who asks...

Mr. Lapidoth

Mr. Lapidoth is Mirah's dad. He stole Mirah away from her mom and brother when she was six years...

Lush

Lush is Grandcourt's right-hand man and frequent companion. He has been in Grandcourt's service...

Sir Hugo Mallinger

Sir Hugo is Daniel's guardian. Daniel spends the bulk of his young life convinced that Sir Hugo...

Lady Mallinger

Lady Mallinger is Sir Hugo's wife. They get married when Daniel is away at school. She and her...

Miss Merry

Miss Merry is the governess to the four Davilow girls.

Hans Meyrick

Hans is Daniel's friend from Cambridge. He's an artist. His family takes Mirah in when Daniel...

Mrs. Meyrick

Mrs. Meyrick, a widow, is Hans's mother. She takes Mirah into her home after Daniel finds her on...

Kate, Amy, and Mab Meyrick

Kate, Amy, and Mab are Hans Meyrick's sisters.

Mr. Middleton

Mr. Middleton visits Offendene not long after Gwendolen and her family move there. He's sort of...

Bishop Mompert

We never meet Bishop Mompert. He offers Gwendolen a job as his daughters' governess after...

Mrs. Mompert

Mrs. Mompert is Bishop Mompert's wife. She is supposed to interview Gwendolen for a position as...

Signora

Signora is the Italian woman who lived with Mirah and her dad in America. She thought that Mirah...

Mr. Vandernoodt

Mr. Vandernoodt tends to be at all of the parties we go to in this book. He's the one who tells...

Madame von Langen

Gwendolen goes to Leubronn with her at the beginning of the novel.