By Henry James
Vacationing in Europe along with her family members, Daisy Miller, an exquisitely attractive younger American lady, provides her fellow-countryman Winterbourne with a problem he can't get to the bottom of. Is she intentionally flouting social conference within the outspoken method she talks and acts, or is she easily blind to these conventions? while she moves up an intimate friendship with an urbane younger Italian, her flat refusal to watch the codes of first rate behaviour go away her perilously uncovered. In Daisy Miller James created his first nice portrait of the enigmatic and dangerously self reliant American lady, a determine who could come to dominate his later masterpieces.
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They were now moving steadily down the river, passing the dark shapes of ships at anchor, and London was a swarm of lights with a pale yellow canopy drooping above it. There were the lights of the great theatres, the lights of the long streets, lights that indicated huge squares of domestic comfort, lights that hung high in air. No darkness would ever settle upon those lamps, as no darkness had settled upon them for hundreds of years. It seemed dreadful that the town should blaze for ever in the same spot; dreadful at least to people going away to adventure upon the sea, and beholding it as a circumscribed mound, eternally burnt, eternally scarred.
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