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EBOOK ⛑ Daisy Miller º Originally Published In The Cornhill Magazine In And In Book Form In , Daisy Miller Brought Henry James His First Widespread Commercial And Critical Success The Young Daisy Miller, An American On Holiday With Her Mother On The Shores Of Switzerland S Lac Leman, Is One Of James S Most Vivid And Tragic Characters Daisy S Friendship With An American Gentleman, Mr Winterbourne, And Her Subsequent Infatuation With A Passionate But Impoverished Italian Bring To Life The Great Jamesian Themes Of Americans Abroad, Innocence Versus Experience, And The Grip Of Fate As Elizabeth Hardwick Writes In Her Introduction, Daisy Miller Lives On, A Figure Out Of Literature Who Has Entered History As A Name, A Vision It s so hard, when you are a pretty young lady, to find any old closeted priggish gentlemen to warn you that you re about to die of flirting But what, you always find yourself wondering, Would a middle aged bachelor from the 1800s do Thank heaven, into the void steps Henry James And y know when books like this get written books where women do what they want and are punished for it there s always this, like, But you can see that his sympathy lies with the woman argument, right People want to say the author is trying to undermine the constraints put on women, by showing how sad it is when a vivacious young lady gets beaten down Surely Daisy Miller herself is the only even faintly likable character in this book, isn t she Isn t the narrator, Winterbourne, just a dreadful little tightassed shit All he does is, like, She s so naughtyAnd yet I want her But yet she s so naughtyNot that Henry James has any idea what it is to be naughty The closest he gets to horny is pointing out that she has a cute little nose.Top 7 1800s Books About Naughty Little Minxes Who Get What s Coming To ThemDaisy MillerScarlet LetterAnna KareninaMadame BovaryThe AwakeningHouse of Mirth close enough, shut up, and thank you Julie The CoquetteSo Daisy Miller gallivants around Europe with her cute little nose and various gentlemen, or men anyway Winterbourne sniffs of one that he s anything but a gentleman he isn t even a very plausible imitation of one She promptly gallivants right into Rome s Colosseum with the implausible imitation, and I love this scene because it s so Thomas Hardy, right Hardy s always throwing these wild dramatic scenes in epic settings Of course James doesn t have any idea what to do once he gets all his characters there Henry James wouldn t know a dramatic scene if it gave him a handjob in a dark alley so they all just sortof lurk about and then go home Winterbourne feels shocked about her judgment Daisy is soon to feel something else That s Cybill Shepherd looking sassy there I ve never allowed a gentleman to dictate to me or to interfere with anything I do, says Daisy, and do you feel excitement or dread when she says it Henry James is a subtle and careful writer, and it s like him to leave it murky whose side he s on Maybe it s judgey old Winterbourne who s naughty But here s my thing I do think we should maybe admit that there are a lot of these books, and surely all of the writers can t be trying to undermine, right Or else what would they even be undermining The most seriously subversive books up above were written by women.And in any case books have characters but they also have plots, and plots matter That old asshole Philip Roth used to say, The thought of the novelist lies not in the remarks of his characters or even in their introspection, but in the plight he has invented for his characters The novelist invents not only what they have coming for them but whether it comes What comes for Daisy Miller view spoiler It s malaria She catches malaria at the Colosseum Rome was just lousy with malaria at the time, so being there at night actually was a little dumb and she dies Murdered by flirting hide spoiler Customs of different countries and people seem of little importance today to many, we are basically the same , underneath all humans, yet language, religion, history or even weather and geographic features divides us , what is accepted in one place is not in another Daisy Miller, real name Annie is making the required Grand Tour of Europe, for wealthy Americans, those with aspirations to join high society, this novella was written in 1878 A typical American teenager , a girl, friendly, needing no proper introductions to speak to anyone, adventurous, never told to behave in a certain manner, in other words like a lady This causes misunderstandings in Europe, scandals in fact but to Daisy the innocent, what is the big deal With her timid, silly, unwise mother and rambunctious, nine year old brother , Randolph, a big pest, constantly getting into trouble Miss Miller , is from a rich Schenectady, New York family, the father remained in America, taking care of business, no time to waste on trivial pursuits Daisy is a great flirt, she doesn t realize the harm her reputation is suffering, quite an innocent child in the woods the result, the Victorian era Europeans, are shockedGoing on walks with grown men , unchaperoned, disgusting, the gossip spreads far and wide, they say, she s gone too far At a luxurious Swiss hotel, high in the always snow capped mountains, by the gigantic, exquisite Lake Geneva, a Mr Frederick Winterbourne, an idle expatiate of well to do Americans meets the unpretentious Daisy, unbelievably without being properly introduced, an error that shows the upper class, she has no class, her kid brother informally did , after asking for a lump of sugar, from Winterbourne Since Miss Miller, is very pretty and beautifully dressed, Frederick becomes obsessed with her, following Daisy to Rome, he s a gentleman though and was requested to do so, a promise is a promise Besides Mr Winterbourne, has an Aunt there Daisy, of course, has many suitors, in the Eternal City, particularly a young, mysterious Giovanelli, an Italian without any apparent job, you can guess what he is, maybe wrongly The small American community, are naturally offended and stop giving invitations, to their parties, the funny part is Daisy doesn t even realize it again, being much too busy Winterbourne can t leave Rome, always hanging around , to get a chance to talk to Miss Miller, visiting the Roman Colosseum, in the moonlight..and surprisingly seeing Giovanelli and Daisy there together She, tells the lovesick gentleman, Mr Winterbourne some bad news indeed, states rather in an offhanded way that they re engaged he can t believe itTragedy soon happens One of Henry James s best books, it encompasses everything that the great author wanted to convey to the reader about Europe and America, they are similarbut not quite the same. Daisy Miller is a short novel that seems to me like a condensed version of The Portrait of a Lady Daisy is a young American girl traveling abroad in Europe with her mother and younger brother Doing what any young American girl would consider normal, she is ridiculed and scorned for not adhering to the rigid and uncomprising moral standards and customs that existed in 19th century Europe, especially relating to young ladies actions in society James writes his stories in a style that is uniquely his own, very verbose some would say, but I like his writing and enjoy his stories. Book Review4 of 5 stars to Daisy Miller by Henry James, a story about a free and unattached American girl who is spending some time in Europe after being removed from American society for some time She unwittingly defies the moral code of European society, never realizing it until the very end when she dies All throughout the story, Daisy does what she likes, responds to what she likes To the world around her she is a young girl, an American girl, she represents a society and a sex She is expected to be what she appears whether that is an innocent girl or a fallen woman Allen 337 In America, Daisy was free to roam about, flirting occasionally with the men Once she enters Rome though, her behavior with a dubious native is in defiance of the system of curfews and chaperons which the society holds dear Dupee 298 James sets up the plot of the story by having Daisy run into a man who is also an American transplant Frederick Winterbourne, a kind free spirited and unemployed gigolo, has lived in Europe for quite a few years searching for an older, rich woman to marry When he meets Daisy, he is immediately intrigued by the pretty American flirt James 102 Once this connection is established, Daisy s innocence becomes the focus of the text In the very beginning, when contrary to the code of Geneva, Winterbourne speaks to the unmarried Daisy, he wonders whether he has gone too far When he attempts to classify her, she undermines all of his stuffy and inapplicable generalizations He decides that Daisy may be cold, austere, and prim only to find her spontaneous and as decently limpid as the very cleanest water Gargano 314 Daisy and Winterbourne have now established their relationship at this point They are attracted to one another and would like to go and see the Chateau de Chillon When Winterbourne asks her to go with him, Daisy says, with some placidity, With me Winterbourne responds by respectfully inviting her mother along also However, after the flirtatious exchange between the two, Daisy didn t rise, blushing, as a young girl at Geneva would have done James 103 The process in which Daisy loses her innocence begins here However, James s short story is told from the perspective of Winterbourne, which overshadows the true story of Daisy s innocence Readers see and understand Daisy s actions through Winterbourne s eyes and actions After Winterbourne leaves town to care for his aunt, he and Edna find their way back to each other However, Winterbourne is non committal to Daisy because of her flirtatious behavior with him and other men Nevertheless, Daisy is not alone when they meet up this time She is dating an Italian man named Giovanelli, who is obviously only after her money Daisy continues to see Giovanelli, but she also spends some time with Winterbourne Society begins to see that she is involved with both of these two men, quite intimately apparently Daisy s mother thinks she is engaged to Giovanelli, but Daisy is also seen out with Winterbourne every once in a while F W Dupee remarks that when society is judging Daisy s morals by her manners, they imagine the worst and they ostracize her They are wrong Dupee 299 However, all the chattering tongues of Rome do not bother Daisy She knows that Winterbourne, the one person whose opinion she values, believes in her innocence and chastity Buitenhuis 310 Daisy later focuses her thoughts on Giovanelli, and ignores Winterbourne even though he has always believed in her innocence and cared for her After losing track of Daisy for quite some time, Winterbourne runs across her at the Colosseum in Rome The Colosseum was known to be a place where young lovers would go to experience passion and love Daisy and Giovanelli are standing in the arena when Winterbourne notices them Winterbourne tries to leave without making his presence known, but Daisy sees him He asks her if she is engaged to Giovanelli, and Daisy tells him that she is Winterbourne, at this point, believes that Daisy is nothing but a flirt who toys with men s emotions for her own self interest It was also very dangerous for one to go near the Colosseum at such late hours because it was common for people to catch Roman Fever, a form of malaria When Winterbourne tells Daisy this, she seems to hardly care at all about getting sick, and her actions even lead the readers to believe that she is going there purposely Daisy s actions appear suicidal Winterbourne is concerned and he not only expresses his concern for her health so recklessly exposed, but by doing so, he also lets her see that he has lost faith in her purity Buitenhuis 310 Shortly after, Daisy takes ill and begins to die On her death bed, she can only think of telling Winterbourne that she really is not engaged to Giovanelli, who skips out on her once she gets sick Daisy eventually dies from the Roman Fever It seems as though Daisy dies because she cannot be fitted into any European scheme of things Allen 337 At this point, Winterbourne realizes too late that he could have loved Daisy, and that Daisy could have loved him Buitenhuis 310 It is sad that it has to come to this, but society binds women to the strict standards of what they can and cannot do If Daisy was in America, she would have gotten away with her behavior, but she was in Europe European culture expects women to conform to specific standards Just as Daisy is expected to live by the customs of Europe, so is Edna Pontellier from Kate Chopin s novel The AwakeningAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in 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