Daisy Miller


Henry James

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Daisy Miller

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)

Mr. Winterbourne

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)

Mrs. Miller

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)

Randolph Miller

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)

Mrs. Costello

Winterbourne’s aunt, who leads a typical life of a society lady between seasons in Vevay and in Rome. She appreciates her nephew’s attentiveness, though she does not refrain from expressing her disapproval of his… (read full character analysis)
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Mrs. Walker

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)

Mr. Giovanelli

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)


The courier of the Millers, that is, a kind of combination tourist guide and butler who accompanies the family throughout their trip. Daisy and Mrs. Miller treat Eugenio quite familiarly, which is something else that… (read full character analysis)
Minor Characters
Dr. Davis
Mrs. Miller’s doctor back in Schenectady, New York. She apparently has great respect for him, and talks about him often.