Count That Day Lost by George Eliot Summary Count That Day Lost by George Eliot is a poem about going beyond the care and concern for oneself to make someone else happy in order to make a day worth while. George Eliot was English and wrote about relationships. Characters: Speaker - Narrator of the poem Stanza 1: At the end of the day, if you have done one unselfish act to bring "sunshine where it went" then the day was worth the time that one had spent. Stanza 2: On the other hand, if the count of any unselfish deeds is zero, then the speaker can say that day is "worse than lost" for there was no "sunshine The poem is basically saying that a day spent helping people can be considered a really good day. Even if you do one small thing to help someone in a tiny way, the day has not been lost because of the joy you brought to another person. However, if at the end of your day, you can remember nothing that you did that was helpful or comforting or compassionate towards another person, consider the day lost because you had a golden opportunity to be a better person and you missed it. When you do a good deed for someone else, you become a better person.