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In "Rappaccini's Daughter," who loves whom more deeply, Beatrice or Giovanni? 

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Beatrice certainly loves Giovanni more than he has ever loved her. When he realizes that he has become imbued with the same poison as her, he actually wishes that his breath would "slay" her, though he knows it will not. Though he cannot rage at her initially, he treats her with a "sullen insensibility" that inspires her with the sense of a "gulf of blackness" having opened up between them. She confesses that she had been so "lonely" prior to his arrival, and then his rage does "[break] forth from his sullen gloom" and he speaks to her with "venomous scorn and anger." He cruelly calls her a "poisonous thing" and accuses her of "blast[ing]" him with poison, calling her hateful, ugly, "loathsome and deadly." He tells her that her very prayers "'taint the atmosphere with death.'"

She responds to him with a "grief [that] was beyond...

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