Daisy Miller Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe how one of the two main characters is introduced at the beginning of the novel.

In Vevey, Switzerland, a young American named Winterbourne, who has resided in Geneva for a number of years, is visiting his aunt.

2. Explain Winterbourne's first impression of Daisy.

Right away, he tags Daisy as a flirt; she is at least friendly, conversing freely with him in spite of the fact that she does not have an escort. Daisy tells him about her family, all the good shopping she'd had since being in Europe, and her busy social life in America.

3. How does the courier Eugenio react to the suggestion that Daisy go to the Chillon Castle with Winterbourne?

The family's courier Eugenio freely shows his disapproval, giving Winterbourne a look that suggests that Daisy often goes off with strange men.

4. What is Mrs. Costello's admonition to her nephew about Daisy?

She warns him that he will make a mistake with a girl like that, being innocent because of having been away from America for a long time. Mrs. Costello asserts that her granddaughters, whom Winterbourne knows to be "tremendous flirts," would never behave as Daisy does.

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