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--Fluctuations-- Daisy Miller Henry James Chapter 3 pg88-90 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 narrators imposing yet another point of view to the already prejudicially impinged narrator comments After yet another flirtatiously intimidating comment Daisy having noticed Giovanelli leaning against a tree draws the brilliant Italians presence to Winterbournes attention She even notes admirably on his serene and secure air as he gazes upon the ladies beneath progressing in the common carriages of Rome Winterbourne in submission to the charming American girls desire browses the area for the infamous Giovanelli of whom his companion expresses nothing but zealous admiration Winterbourne distinguishes in the distance a man of petite stature The man is standing with folded arms and is fully occupied with his cane The narrator most likely in expression of Winterbournes judgments describes the brilliant Italian as a man of attractive countenance and elegant style The narrator portrays Giovanellis attire as that of a shrewdly dressed man with a spectacle in one eye a hat gracefully suspended at an angle and overly conspicuous buttonholes Winterbourne however seems to be resentful of the Italian Henry James often uses the eye-striking buttonhole mentioned previously as a sign of a mans improperness Thus the fact that Winterbourne observes the buttonholes and that the narrator comments on them suggests that the narrator or Winterbourne also deems Giovanelli improper In fact directly after his observation of the nosegay
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