Daisy Miller

Mrs. Costello Character Analysis

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 friendship with Daisy, whom she finds—together with Daisy’s family—vulgar and “common.” Mrs. Costello, indeed, possesses an acute and carefully shaded sense of social standing, and manages to situate the Millers on a low rung of her ladder, despite having to acknowledge their beautiful taste and Daisy’s charming manner.

Mrs. Costello Quotes in Daisy Miller

The Daisy Miller quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Costello or refer to Mrs. Costello. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of Daisy Miller published in 1995.
Part 1: Les Trois Couronnes Quotes

“But I really think that you had better not meddle with little American girls that are uncultivated, as you call them. You have lived too long out of the country. You will be sure to make some great mistake. You are too innocent.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Costello (speaker), Daisy Miller, Mr. Winterbourne
Page Number: 15
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Part 2: Rome Quotes

Winterbourne meditated a moment. “They are very ignorant—very innocent only. Depend upon it they are not bad.”

Related Characters: Mr. Winterbourne (speaker), Daisy Miller, Mrs. Miller, Randolph Miller, Mrs. Costello
Page Number: 29
Explanation and Analysis:

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Mrs. Costello Character Timeline in Daisy Miller

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Costello appears in Daisy Miller. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Les Trois Couronnes
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...as Winterbourne watches her go. He returns to his aunt’s apartments, and asks his aunt, Mrs. Costello , if she’s noticed an American family with a little boy. Mrs. Costello is a... (full context)
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Mrs. Costello agrees with Winterbourne that the young lady is pretty and charming, and dresses perfectly: she... (full context)
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Winterbourne, more seriously, asks if Mrs. Costello thinks Daisy might expect a man to “carry her off.” She doesn’t know, but cautions... (full context)
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...says she’s been looking around for Winterbourne’s aunt. The chambermaid has told Daisy all about Mrs. Costello , Daisy says: she is apparently quite proper, quiet, and has a headache every two... (full context)
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...Winterbourne slowly contradicts that, Daisy stops walking and pauses. She suddenly cries out, laughing, that Mrs. Costello simply doesn’t want to know her—Winterbourne should have just said so. He wonders if he... (full context)
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In fact, Mrs. Costello has taken an apartment in Rome for the winter. But Daisy says she wants Winterbourne... (full context)
Part 2: Rome
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Winterbourne asks for more specifics, and Mrs. Costello says that Daisy wanders around alone with the Italians, whom she takes as guests to... (full context)
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...them wander toward the wall, where Giovanelli perches himself. Winterbourne pauses, then walks away towards Mrs. Costello ’s. (full context)
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...asking him questions and ordering him around. One day Winterbourne is at St. Peter’s with Mrs. Costello and sees the couple together. Mrs. Costello remarks that Winterbourne has been quiet recently, and... (full context)
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Mrs. Costello , watching the couple, says she easily understands the appeal: Daisy must think him a... (full context)
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At St. Peter’s, other friends of Mrs. Costello gather around them and discuss how Daisy has really gone “too far.” Winterbourne is upset... (full context)
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...The next summer he meets his aunt again at Vevay. One day he reflects to Mrs. Costello that he had done an injustice to Daisy: she gave him a message before her... (full context)