Daisy Miller
Henry James
Contributed by Bobbie Heil
Chapter 6

Still, this is nothing compared to his surprise when Daisy asks him to take her out rowing in a boat, right now -- alone, after ten at night! The question is settled when Eugenio, the Millers’ Italian courtier, appears, to tell them Randolph has finally gone to bed. It is now eleven o’clock, and at Mrs. Miller’s request, Eugenio suggests to Daisy that she had better not go out in the boat. Daisy insists, but as soon as Eugenio agrees that she can go, Daisy laughs and says that now she doesn’t want to go rowing any more. "I hoped you would make a fuss!" she says to him. "I don’t want to go now. That’s all I want -- a little fuss!" Daisy and Mrs. Miller go in for the night, leaving Winterbourne confused, but thoroughly enchanted with this odd, pretty Miss Miller.

Two days later, Winterbourne does take Daisy to Castle Chillon. He is a little worried that she will talk too loudly and make herself seem "common" on the boat crossing over the lake, but she is very charming, and Winterbourne is proud of the way everyone looks at his pretty companion. In the castle, Winterbourne tips the guide to leave him and Daisy alone together to wander at their own pace. Daisy is delighted by the Gothic creepiness of the castle, even though the historical facts Winterbourne tells her about it seem to go in one ear and out the other.

When Winterbourne mentions that he has to return to Geneva tomorrow, however, Daisy’s mood suddenly changes. She takes this much more seriously than Winterbourne had thought she would, and, calling him "horrid," begins to demand that he tell her about the woman she is sure he’s going to see in Geneva. Winterbourne, who denies that he has a lover there, is astonished and pleased by Daisy’s reaction, since it seems to show she has stronger emotions for him than he had thought. Finally he promises that he will come visit Daisy and her family in Rome during the winter, since he is scheduled to visit his aunt there anyway. 

After the two return from Chillon, in a horse-drawn carriage, Winterbourne goes to visit his aunt and tells her about his adventure with Daisy. Mrs. Costello, upon hearing that Daisy went on such a trip with Winterbourne alone -- this time, without even her "courier" as chaperone -- has the predictable scornful reaction: to her, once again, this seems to confirm the Miller family’s "commonness."

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