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Appearances versus Reality in Daisy Miller James manipulation of appearances in Daisy Miller as well as other characters notions of these appearances provides us with a novella of enigmatic and fascinating characters Daisy the most complicated of these ambiguities is as mysterious as she is flirtatious James gives her a carefully constructed enigmatic quality that leaves the reader wondering what her motivations were and who she truly was He structures the novella in such a way as to stress the insights that the supporting characters provide into Daisys character weather accurate or erroneous Despite their questionable reliability they allow James to make commentary on the idea of foreignism and Americanism as well as status and wealth within these societies In Daisy Miller the protagonist Daisy rebels against convention and runs from any stereotype that could be applied to her She seems determined to defy convention and to never be completely understood Daisys flat-out rejection of her times ideas of feminine modesty and appropriateness paired with her portrayal as naive and innocent create a character with contradictory and thus evidently enigmatic qualities Daisy flirts with men upon every whim repeating a cycle of infatuation with each just before she moves on to the next Daisy often surrounded by half a dozen wonderful moustaches 80 often goes out alone in public with them even late at night which is considered in Europe in her time and social class to be highly unconventional and dangerous Despite much shaming by local women she pursues these men with unfailing determination and abandon Keefner 2 Mrs Walker and Mrs Costello both believe that Daisy is merely a flirt and are equally appalled by Daisys escapades Mrs Costello noted that she believed that they Daisys family are the sort of Americans one does ones duty not- not accepting 62 Mrs Walker goes a step further than merely gossiping about Daisys scandalous meetings with men by trying to stop one such
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