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Posted January 18, 2010 at 10:14 AM via web

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In Henry James "Daisy Miller", what exactly is it that the polite society in Europe find so shocking about Daisy Miller, and why do they shun her?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 18, 2010 at 10:56 AM (Answer #1)

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In Henry James' "Daisy Miller" Miss Miller is a young flirtatious American girl.  She meets a young 27 year old through her brother Randal.  They chat and spend some time together.  Later she goes to Italy with her mother where she meets a Mr. Giovanni.  Daisy is flirtatious with him and spends the evenings in his company. Her behavior with Giovanni is seen by the social crowd as inappropriate for his intentions are much different than hers.  They begin to spread rumors about her behavior.  Daisy also plays two men at the same time.

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