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James A Baldwin writes Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does Love is a battle love is a war love is a growing up Love is an imperishable feeling that never fades or dares to descend However when love is compromised because one lacks innocence one starts to question the true meaning of love In Henry Jamess novella Daisy Miller A Study the protagonist Winterbourne meets an American flirt by the name of Daisy Miller who appears to be an innocent girl Their relationship escalates quickly as a seemingly typical American flirt catches Winterbournes eye and they began to have numerous conversations with each other Furthermore their conversations make the reader question who is innocuous and who is not as one is left to judge if Daisy Miller or Winterbourne are really innocent Both Winterbourne and Daisy seem to like each other By probing through their dialogue and Daisys insinuated flirtatious gestures it is self-evident that she wasnt as innocent as perceived through her ubiquitous efforts of toying with Winterbourne The ambiguity in the relationship between Daisy Miller and Winterbourne highlights the troublesome nature of its title character From the beginning of the novella James raises the question of the innocence of Daisy Miller After Daisy and Winterbourne begin to talk it is evident that Winterbourne is in a trance by the lovely sight of Ms Daisy Miller The narrator asks inquisitively Was she simply a pretty girl from New York State- were they all like that the pretty girls who had a good deal of gentlemans society Or was she also a designing an audacious an unscrupulous young person Miss Daisy Miller looked extremely innocent 334 James Winterbourne seems puzzled as he wonders if this flirtatiousness is purely a trait of her innocence or if she is a stereotypical young flirt who he is not familiar with yet From their conversation it is not clear
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