by Henry James
Daisy Miller Respect and Reputation Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Part.Paragraph)
"You are old enough to be more reasonable. You are old enough, dear Miss Miller, to be talked about."
Daisy looked at Mrs. Walker, smiling intensely. "Talked about? What do you mean?" (2.107-8)
Daisy knows exactly what she means—she just wants Walker to say it. Which, of course, Walker won't do because "it" makes her uncomfortable. Looks like Daisy's got her backed into a corner.
"Does Mr. Winterbourne think," she asked slowly, smiling, throwing back her head, and glancing at him from head to foot, "that, to save my reputation, I ought to get into the carriage?" Winterbourne colored; for an instant he hesitated greatly. It seemed so strange to hear her speak that way of her "reputation." (2.112-3)
It's Winterbourne who's been policing her reputation all along, so Daisy mentioning it to him makes him feel like the creepy sex police.
"But did you ever hear anything so cool as Mrs. Walker's wanting me to get into her carriage and drop poor Mr. Giovanelli, and under the pretext that it was proper? People have different ideas! It would have been most unkind; he had been talking about that walk for ten days." (2.151)
Either Daisy has a heart of gold, or she's a brilliant manipulator who can spin her every tiny want into a humanitarian mission—How can I not buy this floor-length mink when I reflect on the poor animals who died for it?!