Although the novella takes Winterbourne’s point of view throughout, the book can in large part be considered a character study of Daisy Miller, a young, very pretty, independent-minded American from Schenectady, New York, who… (read full character analysis)
Another American abroad, Winterbourne has nonetheless assimilated into European society and become more a resident than a tourist. We do not learn much about Winterbourne’s past life, other than that he lives most permanently in… (read full character analysis)
Daisy’s mother, a small and thin woman with frizzed hair and a delicate constitution—she suffers from dyspepsia, or indigestion. She is not very friendly with Winterbourne initially, but opens up when she has the… (read full character analysis)
Daisy’s younger brother, a boy of nine. He possesses some of Daisy’s same characteristics: he speaks his mind, is rather forward with strangers, and doesn’t like to be told what to do—especially when this… (read full character analysis)
Another of Winterbourne’s American expatriate friends, Mrs. Walker lives in Geneva but also has a residence in Rome. Mrs. Walker initially welcomes the Millers into her circle as fellow Americans in Rome, but she soon… (read full character analysis)
Daisy’s Italian “friend,” and considered by many to be her lover—though the exact extent of their relationship is unclear. Giovanelli is a lawyer, and Winterbourne manages to find out that he is considered somewhat… (read full character analysis)
Mrs. Miller’s doctor back in Schenectady, New York. She apparently has great respect for him, and talks about him often.