In Henry James' novella Daisy Miller, Daisy compares whom to a rose?  

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In the text of the novella Daisy Miller by Henry James, the word rose appears two times. The first is in Part 1, Vevey, Chapter 1 and is part of the narrator's description of Daisy's action:

"I have the honour to inform mademoiselle that luncheon is upon the table."
Miss Miller slowly rose. "See here, Eugenio!" she said; "I'm going to that old castle, anyway."

The conversation has been centering around the adventure that Winterbourne and Daisy are going to undertake in going to tour Château de Chillon. In the next paragraph, Daisy, noticing the "slightly ironical light upon" the proposed situation, blushes slightly ("a very little") and asks Winterbourne, "You won't back out?" As you see, the word rose here refers to an action and while blushing involves the color rose, it implies no comparison of one thing to another.

The second use of rose in the text is in Part 2, Rome, Chapter 3. Mr. Winterbourne is riding in a carriage with Mrs. Walker who is admonishing Winterbourne to refrain form paying his attentions to Daisy; he replies that it will be unlikely that he complies as he likes "her extremely." They are riding in the Pincian Garden in Rome and Mrs. Walker is releasing him from her carriage to rejoin Daisy and Giovanelli. James says that at the moment that Winterbourne was being let out of the carriage, Daisy and Giovanelli "rose and walked toward the parapet." In this instance also, the word rose describes an action and is not a comparison between two things. I find no other instances of the word rose in the text of Daisy Miller.

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