Daisy Miller

Henry James


Henry James wrote this book in the late 1800’s. It is about an American girl who goes to Europe. James grew up a rich dude and writes only about rich people. This book was a social phenomenon, and was referred to by many American girls going to Europe. The whole basis of this book is that Daisy Miller is this free spirited brash American living in the uptight European society. It is like a fish out of water story.


Daisy Miller: She’s the main character of the story. She is a pretty girl from NY. In the story she goes with her mom and 9 yr old brother to Europe on vacation. She is not a very innocent girl. While in Europe she acts like a bold American, flirting with the boys and hooking up with them.

Frederick Winterborne: He is the narrator. He’s a handsome 27 yr old guy. He is in Europe visiting his aunt. Even though he is American, Winterborne grew up in Europe so he is a little more refined than Daisy Miller. He really likes Daisy Miller and never believes that she is a bad girl until the end.

Mrs. Costello: She is Winterborne’s aunt. She does not approve of Daisy Miller. She thinks Daisy is a rude disgusting American.

Mrs. Miller: Daisy’s mom. She has some kinda disease. She doesn’t really have alot of power or control over Daisy and her romantic life. She doesn’t see anything wrong with Daisy’s behavior.

Mr. Giovanelli: Daisy’s boyfriend in the second part of the story. He is an Italian lawyer. He doesn’t want to marry her.

Mrs. Walker: She’s a rich American who lives in Europe. She is friends with both Daisy and Winterborne. Towards the end Mrs. Walker doesn’t approve of Daisy’s behavior and thinks she’s a tramp.



This guy named Winterborne goes to a Swiss resort to visit his aunt (Mrs. Costello). He meets this cute American chick named Daisy. He also meets the rest of her family. She is a free spirit and not a tight-ass like the Europeans. Winterborne is turned on by this. Daisy tells him she wants to go to visit some castle. Winterborne takes her.

Winterborne is shocked that Daisy allowed to go alone with a boy to the castle without a chaperone (He’s a tight-ass guy, and has very strict rules and behavior when it comes to men and women). Then Winterborne meets her mom and her mom lets her go with him alone. Winterborne is REALLY shocked because this is so strange. Nothing really hot and heavy happens on the castle trip. Winterborne wants Daisy to meet his aunt but his aunt refuses because she thinks Daisy the American is a disgusting, rude girl and doesn’t want to meet her. Winterborne then leaves the resort. Daisy is sad because she wants to hang out with him more. They plan to meet that winter in Rome.

Winterborne goes to Rome to meet Daisy. When he gets there, he finds that there has been alot of gossip about Daisy and how much of a whore she is. Winterborne’s aunt tells him she’s a slut and has been hanging around some sleazy Italians. Winterborne and Daisy hang out at Mrs. Walker’s house. Daisy leaves to meet her Italian boyfriend (Mr. Giovanelli). He is led to believe that they are engaged. Winterborne comes with her because he thinks a man and woman alone is improper. Winterborne thinks she is an innocent girl, that is just confused. He wants to save her. In reality though, she’s really a big whore.

Daisy comes to a party at Mrs. Walker’s house. She is very rude and leaves. Mrs. Walker tells Winterborne that Daisy is a rude girl, and that he should forget about her. He still likes her though and won’t give up trying to help her. Then one day he walks by the Colosseum. It is a dark, disgusting place. He catches Daisy and Mr. Giovanelli having sex. Then he finally realizes that she’s a big slut and he was wrong all along. Then Daisy Miller gets "Roman Fever " (malaria) and dies. Before she dies she sends Winterborne a message. the message is that she was never engaged to Mr. Giovanelli. Winterborne doesn’t understand it at first but then figures out the message means she liked him all along and even though she was a slut, she wanted him to treat her nice and give her respect.



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