Daniel Deronda

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The story's presentation is an overall formal tone, as is appropriate for the setting and the topic. The tone is overall hopeful and cheerful though there is an undercurrent of dread at the mess Gwendolyn is certain to make of her life. The book seems to have more narrative than dialogue and this seems necessary because the author is presenting a great deal of background information to the reader. The narrative tends to be rambling and formal and the dialogue, for the most part, seems to match. The notable exception seems to be in the word "thanks."