Did Rappaccini love his daughter in the story "Rappaccini's Daughter"? What evidence from the story supports your position?
Rappaccini comes across as a cold, insensitive man. When Giovanni first sees him tending to his flowers, he observes that the doctor “avoids the actual touch of the flowers, or the direct inhaling of their odors,” almost like he is “walking among malignant influences, such as savage beasts, or deadly snakes, or evil spirits,” instead of beautiful flowers. Thus, when Signor Pietro Baglioni, a Professor of Medicine at the University of Padua, tells him that the doctor Rappaccini “cares more for science than mankind,” and that he has little compassion for other human beings, he is not completely surprised by this information. However, he points out to Baglioni, that from his observations, Rappaccini appears to have great affection for his daughter Beatrice. Baglioni says that it is said that Rappaccini has taught Beatrice all there is to know of his science and that Beatrice is widely known for her beauty. What the two do not know at this point is that Beatrice is as poisonous...
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