This study presents an entirely new approach to the interpretation of George Eliot's work. In his examination and analysis of the theme of her novels which, in fact, constitutes the book, Dr. Dalal exhaustively treat each of her novels discovering in each the underlying philosophy of progress on which all of them are based. George Eliot characterised her novel as a set of experiments in life'. These experiments relate among other things, to the five basic canons of her philosophy of progress which enshrine the universal truth behind it.
Interest in George Eliot's work has continued unabated since the publication of her first fictional attempt in 1858. But there has never been a single consistent study of the philosophic aspect of her great creative achievement.