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Part 4 (I)

Part 4 (I)

The next day, Winterbourne goes to the Millers' hotel to try to visit Daisy. But she and her mother are both out, and the next day the same thing occurs. On the evening of the third day, Mrs. Walker holds her party. Winterbourne goes to it, despite the confrontational tone of his last conversation with Mrs. Walker.

When he arrives, Winterbourne looks around first of all for Daisy Miller. She is not there, but her mother is, and Winterbourne overhears Mrs. Miller telling Mrs. Walker that Daisy is still at the hotel. Daisy, it seems, has gotten dressed for the party, but she and Mr. Giovanelli are still back at the hotel.

Mrs. Walker is clearly upset to hear that Daisy will be bringing Mr. Giovanelli, although Mrs. Miller -- oblivious as usual -- doesn't pick up on it. But Mrs. Walker says to Winterbourne that this is clearly Daisy's revenge for Mrs. Walker's attempt to chastise her earlier in the week. Mrs. Walker says she will not speak to Daisy when she arrives.

Daisy comes in after eleven o'clock, with Mr. Giovanelli. She greets Mrs. Walker immediately, so Mrs. Walker has no choice about whether or not to "speak" to Daisy. Later in the evening, Mr. Giovenelli sings some Italian songs -- very nicely, too -- although Mrs. Walker says she can't figure out who invited him to do it.

Daisy strikes up a conversation with Winterbourne, just as though they had seen each other more recently than a few days ago. She mentions the adventure in the Pincio, and says how surprised she was that Mrs. Walker thought it would be "proper" for her to ditch Mr. Giovanelli to ride in Mrs. Walker's carriage. "People have different ideas!" said Daisy. To her, that would have seemed a very rude thing to do to Mr. Giovanelli.

Winterbourne points out that Italian girls never walk around in the street with men, but Daisy says she's glad that she doesn't have to live by their rules. To this Winterbourne, gravely, tells her that he's afraid she is a flirt, which Daisy acknowledges cheerfully. Winterbourne tries to explain to her that flirting doesn't exist in Italy -- it's an American custom which isn't understood in Rome -- so, although Daisy may think her behavior is harmless, Mr. Giovanelli interprets it differently, and so does the rest of the world. But Daisy doesn't seem to understand, and when Winterbourne asks if she and Mr. Giovanelli are in love -- not expecting her to take the question seriously -- Daisy, much to his surprise, blushes, gets up and leaves. This conversation, like many of their conversations, is a little tense: Daisy seems to be flirting with Winterbourne, and Winterbourne with her, but Winterbourne neither understands Daisy completely not seems to understand what he feels himself.

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Historical Context
Main Characters
Points to Ponder
Did You Know
Plot Summary
Part 1 (I)
Part 1 (II)
Part 1 (III)
Part 2 (I)
Part 2 (II)
Part 2 (III)
Part 3 (I)
Part 3 (II)
Part 3 (III)
Part 4 (I)
Part 4 (II)
Part 4 (III)
Part 4 (IV)


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