Rappaccini's Daughter Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How has Giovanni's changed at the beginning of this story?

Giovanni has moved from the South of Italy to Padua, a city in the north of the country. Seemingly it is his first time away from home and he has found a room in a lodgings the author describes as desolate.

2. What is Lisabetta's opinion of Dr. Rappaccini?

Lisabetta dispalys a deep love and respect for her neighbor. She says not only is he a doctor of medicine and plants, but he is known as far as Naples. As far as she is concerned he can do no wrong.

3. How does the author describe Rappaccini's garden?

The author describes Rappaccini's garden as one of the beautiful things Giovanni has seen in his life. From his bedroom, Giovanni cannot see all of the garden, but what he can see blows him away. The center piece is a marble fountain, that though cracked still flows water. Next to the fountain is a range of plants, but the one that sticks out the most is plant with purple flowers.

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