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This Is A Paraphrase Paper Of A Scene In Daisy Miller By Henry James. The Paper Not Only Paraphrases The Scene, But It Also Delves Deep Into The Thoughts Of The Characters And The Author

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--Fluctuations--Daisy Miller, Henry JamesChapter 3, pg.88-90· Note: I will not make a clearly identifiable distinction between the narrator, Winterbourne or myself, as I believe this haziness to be a fundamental mode of transmission of the message the author wants to portray. The short story 'Daisy Miller' is quite ironically not about Daisy at all. Rather it is a novel about Winterbourne and more broadly about society as a whole. In fact, to extend this prominent message even further, it is a novel about interpretations and impressions. Hence I have merged my own identity with the narrator's, imposing yet another point of view to the already prejudicially impinged narrator ...view middle of the document...

In fact, directly after his observation of the 'nosegay in his button hole,' Winterbourne, with a tone of incredibility, questions the young American girl's intentions of speaking with that man.Daisy very shrewdly converts the roles of interrogation, questioning Winterbourne's rational. With a tone of shock, she imparts that it would be unseemly not to speak to the man at all. Winterbourne, subtly compromising with Daisy, approves of her conversing with the man but only if he himself accompanies her. Daisy glances at Winterbourne, revealing an apathetic, youthful satisfaction. Her cheerful countenance reveals no agitation by Winterbourne's comment. Winterbourne ponders about the lack of fluctuations in her tranquility and self-assurance.Without agitation, Daisy indicates that she dislikes Mr. Winterbourne's arrogant authoritative comments. The American man attempts to explain that it is the meaning of his comments rather than the manner with which they are conveyed which should be of importance to Daisy. Slightly insulted, Daisy sternly announces that she has never allowed a man to dictate her and does not intend to do so now. Inappropriately forcing the conversation further, the American tells Daisy that she should listen to the one right man and that Giovanelli is not that man. By this time Daisy is quite offended, but she simply laughs with amusement...The Italian now becomes aware of the Americans presence and proceeds hastily toward them. Once again the narrator, conveying Winterbourne's observations, remarks upon the improper buttonhole thereby suggesting Winterbourne's jealousy. Giovanelli bows to both individuals. The narrator comments on Giovanelli's intellectual image and radiant smile. At this point, Winterbourne admits to the readers that he considers Giovanelli a decent looking fellow but persisting to resent the Italian he informs Daisy that Giovanelli is "not the right one."Ignoring Winterbourne's comment, Daisy proceeds naturally with the customary introductions and with a companion at each side she begins to pace about. Winterbourne notices that Giovanelli speaks English very well and is quite astute in conversation. The threatened American later discovers that Giovanelli had practiced the language with...

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