Deronda's 'I Due Foscari'

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After Deronda becomes more acquainted with his mother, he begins asking questions about his family. In this passage, Deronda wants to know about his Mother’s father. He is informed that his grandfather was a good man, but lacked respect for women. His mother explains that he was not able to have the influence over her that he wished because she was just like him. An interesting line in this passage is when Deronda’s mother says “Like the old Foscari before he pardons.” Referencing the back of the book and a quick online search, this line is a reference to an opera by famous Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi called I Due Foscari (1844) which is based on an even older play from 1821 called The Two Foscari. Based on a true story, this play revolves
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