Daisy Miller

Mr. Giovanelli 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 respectable, though not of the highest society. Given Daisy’s wealth and his comparatively bourgeois, middle-class status, Giovanelli—as everyone realizes—cannot hope to marry Daisy, but he seems to be fascinated by her in much the same way that Winterbourne is. Though Winterbourne does feel a certain kinship with the Italian, he is also annoyed by Giovanelli’s social extravagance, and the way he conforms to the expected behavior of a gentleman almost too perfectly.

Mr. Giovanelli Quotes in Daisy Miller

The Daisy Miller quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Giovanelli or refer to Mr. Giovanelli. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Winterbourne stopped, with a sort of horror, and it must be added, with a sort of relief. It was as if a sudden illumination had been flashed upon the ambiguity of Daisy’s behavior, and the riddle had become easy to read. She was a young lady whom a gentleman need no longer be at pains to respect.

Related Characters: Mr. Winterbourne (speaker), Daisy Miller, Mr. Giovanelli
Page Number: 54
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“Anyway, she says she’s not engaged. I don’t know why she wanted you to know; but she said to me three times, ‘Mind you tell Mr. Winterbourne.’ And then she told me to ask if you remembered the time you went to that castle in Switzerland.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Miller (speaker), Daisy Miller, Mr. Winterbourne, Mr. Giovanelli
Related Symbols: Roman fever (malaria)
Page Number: 57
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“She was the most beautiful young lady I ever saw, and the most amiable”; and then he added in a moment, “and she was the most innocent.”
Winterbourne looked at him, and presently repeated his words, “And the most innocent?”
“The most innocent!”

Related Characters: Mr. Winterbourne (speaker), Mr. Giovanelli (speaker), Daisy Miller
Page Number: 58
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Mr. Giovanelli Character Timeline in Daisy Miller

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Giovanelli appears in Daisy Miller. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Rome
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...shyly says she doesn’t know this friend. Daisy says it is an “intimate” friend, Mr. Giovanelli. Mrs. Walker pauses, glances at Mrs. Miller, and then says she’d be glad to see... (full context)
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...mother to leave without her, as she’s going to walk. Randolph says she’s meeting Mr. Giovanelli. It’s the end of the afternoon, when many people are out, and Mrs. Walker doesn’t... (full context)
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They pass the Pincian Gardens gate, and Winterbourne says he won’t help Daisy find Mr. Giovanelli. She laughs, then sees the Italian leaning against a tree. He is handsome, and wears... (full context)
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Daisy introduces the two men and they walk, each on one side of her. Mr. Giovanelli is polite, clever, and sophisticated, but speaks with little sense. Winterbourne thinks that the man... (full context)
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Winterbourne goes to fetch Daisy, who seems delighted to present Mr. Giovanelli to Mrs. Walker. Mrs. Walker asks her to get in the carriage, and Daisy replies... (full context)
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...just have to be improper, and then she promptly turns away to walk with Mr. Giovanelli. (full context)
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...to tell her he’s leaving. She hardly looks at him as he says goodbye. Mr. Giovanelli tips his hat extravagantly. (full context)
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...Villa Borghese at the edge of the Pincian Garden. In the distance Daisy and Mr. Giovanelli are seated on a bench. Winterbourne watches them wander toward the wall, where Giovanelli perches... (full context)
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Daisy doesn’t arrive until eleven o’clock, looking lovely, smiling and chattering next to Mr. Giovanelli. She goes straight to Mrs. Walker and introduces her to the Italian, saying his beautiful... (full context)
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...to talk. She says she was shocked that Mrs. Walker wanted her to abandon Mr. Giovanelli and join her in the carriage the other day, scoffing at the idea that this... (full context)
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...custom, which people may misinterpret. Daisy brightly says they’re not flirting anyway: she and Mr. Giovanelli are intimate friends. Winterbourne casually remarks that it’s different if they’re in love, and he’s... (full context)
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...like tea—which she says Winterbourne has never thought to offer her. Daisy remains with Mr. Giovanelli in the other room for the rest of the party. When Daisy prepares to bid... (full context)
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...to visit the Millers’ hotel, where they are often absent, though when they are there Giovanelli always is too. Much of the time it is only he and Daisy in the... (full context)
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Still, Winterbourne has to admit that Daisy seems to find Giovanelli fascinating: she is always asking him questions and ordering him around. One day Winterbourne is... (full context)
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Winterbourne says he’s asked around about Giovanelli, who is apparently respectable, though he doesn’t move in the finest circles. Daisy, he says,... (full context)
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...find Mrs. Miller, who is at home and says that Daisy is off with Mr. Giovanelli, as usual. Daisy claims she isn’t engaged, says Mrs. Miller, but she feels that the... (full context)
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...Palace of the Caesar on a fine spring day, strolling amid the mossy marble ruins. Giovanelli is at her side. Daisy calls that Winterbourne must be lonely, always walking alone. He... (full context)
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Daisy says Winterbourne thinks she’s with Giovanelli too much. Everyone thinks so, Winterbourne replies. Daisy declares that everyone is “pretending” to be... (full context)
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Daisy looks at Giovanelli, then back at Winterbourne, and says Winterbourne shouldn’t let people be so unkind. He protests... (full context)
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...He quickly retreats, but Daisy sees him and calls out his name. She rises and Giovanelli lifts his hat. Winterbourne’s thoughts turn to how dangerous it is for Daisy to be... (full context)
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...so pretty. Winterbourne tells her that people catch Roman fever from such beauty. He rebukes Giovanelli for leading her here, and Giovanelli says he’s not afraid for himself, and the lady... (full context)
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Winterbourne counsels them to leave immediately, and Giovanelli goes to get the carriage. Daisy doesn’t seem at all embarrassed, though after a minute... (full context)
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...that Daisy has asked her to tell him that Daisy was never engaged to Mr. Giovanelli—who has disappeared since Daisy has been sick. Mrs. Miller doesn’t think he’s such a gentleman... (full context)
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...cemetery in Rome. There are more mourners than one might have predicted, given the scandal. Giovanelli is there, looking pale. Finally he says that Daisy was the most beautiful and amiable... (full context)