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 turns against Daisy, shocked by her embrace of free association with Italians, especially men, and by Daisy’s refusal to let Mrs. Walker show her the correct way to behave. Mrs. Walker becomes the ringleader of the group condemning Daisy’s behavior and abandoning her socially. In some ways, Mrs. Walker seems to consider Daisy’s behavior a betrayal of the unspoken pact among upper-class women, who cling to the small amount of freedom possible within gender-based limits. That Daisy refuses to align herself with these expectations threatens, according to Mrs. Walker’s point of view, to upend the very foundation of their society.
Mrs. Walker Quotes in Daisy Miller
The Daisy Miller quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Walker or refer to Mrs. Walker. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of Daisy Miller published in 1995.).
Mrs. Walker Character Timeline in Daisy Miller
The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Walker appears in Daisy Miller. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Rome
...meeting Mr. Giovanelli. It’s the end of the afternoon, when many people are out, and Mrs. Walker doesn’t think it’s safe. Mrs. Miller agrees, saying Daisy will get the fever. Daisy smiles... (full context)
When Winterbourne arrives, he sees Mrs. Miller, though not Daisy. Mrs. Miller tells Winterbourne and Mrs. Walker that she feels frightened to have come alone. Daisy is dressed, she says, but started... (full context)
...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 singing made them late. Mrs. Walker... (full context)