Daisy Miller blog post

After meeting “uncultivated”(NEW 430) Daisy and “known her for half an hour,”(NEW 430) Winterbourne decides to “take the liberty of introducing her”(NEW 430) to his “admirable aunt,”(NEW 430) Mrs. Costello, with his plan to “take her to the Chateau de Chillon.”(NEW 430) However, his aunt Mrs. Costello is not benevolent toward Daisy, by describing her as “a dreadful girl.”(NEW 430) Winterbourne strongly advocates her but Mrs. Costello says that Winterbourne is “too innocent”(NEW 430) and could “make some great mistake,” (NEW 430) such as “meddle with little American girls that are uncultivated.” (NEW 430) Although Winterbourne kept claimed that he is “not so innocent,” (New 430) but ironically, Mrs. Costello’s perspective of Daisy had deeply connected with Winterbourne, at the end of the story.

At the end of the story, when Winterbourne heard about Daisy who went to Rome that she had met Italian young men and having a great time with him, he tells Mrs. Costello that he sure made “some big mistake,” (NEW430) by misjudging Daisy and says she was right of her warning his mistake.

Winterbourne’s romantic attitude toward Daisy and his aunt Ms. Costello’s not benevolent feeling toward Daisy in this passage creates the irony between current and the future. When Ms. Costello says about her perspective to Winterbourne, in order to discuss about her, it had foreshadowed the instance of Winterbourne regretting his mistake that he made. This instance made him go back to Geneva, but ironically again, he cultivates his life pretty smoothly, although we think if that incident happens, it would be hard to continue is normal life.


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