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Rappaccini's Daughter free read ↠ 106 ï This scarce antiuarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age it may contain imperfections such as marks notations marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting preserving and promoThis scarce antiuarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age it may contain imperfections such as marks notations. 35 stars I hadn't heard of this particular story by Nathaniel Hawthorne until I read Theodora Goss' 2017 novel The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter a fantasy set in the Victorian era which includes Beatrice Rappachini as one of its cast of characters along with a couple of Dr Jekyll's daughters a woman created by Dr Frankenstein and a cat like woman from the island of Dr Moreau uite the cast Since I was familiar with all of the source literature for all of those characters except Beatrice I thought I owed it to her to check out her in the original story Giovanni Guasconti is a handsome young man studying at the University of Padua His living uarter look out over a lush but ominous garden belonging to a Dr Rappaccini While Giovanni is gazing out the doctor's daughter appears in the gardenSoon there emerged from under a sculptured portal the figure of a young girl arrayed with as much richness of taste as the most splendid of the flowers beautiful as the day and with a bloom so deep and vivid that one shade would have been too much She looked redundant with life health and energy Yet Giovanni's fancy must have grown morbid while he looked down into the garden; for the impression which the fair stranger made upon him was as if here were another flower the human sister of those vegetable ones as beautiful as they beautiful than the richest of them but still to be touched only with a glove nor to be approached without a maskBeatrice has been living among her father's poisonous plants for so long that she's been imbued with their poison normal plants wither when she breaths on them and there's something very odd about her breath But Giovanni can't resist the beauty of Beatrice and manages to find a way into the garden to strike up a relationship with her She's as kind and intelligent as she is beautiful His landlord Professor Baglioni warns him about Beatrice and her garden both are lovely but poisonous to ordinary men but Giovanni isn't of a mind to listen Perhaps Professor Baglioni may have an answer for Giovanni but can the professor be trusted Rappacchini's Daughter was published in 1844 and it has the detailed stylized writing of the time which can get a little hard to wade through It's an interesting allegory of good and evil the poisonous Garden of Eden and the uest for knowledge but at what cost The key characters in this story all have both a good and a darker side to them but it comes out in different ways for each character As usual with Hawthorne there's a lot of symbolism and a strong moral to the taleI was a little startled to find that Beatrice and her lover get a far different ending in this original tale than in Goss' Alchemist's DaughterRappaccini's Daughter is free to read online or download as part of this story collection here at Project Gutenberg

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Marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important we have made it available as part of our commitment fo. It was on the last page that I realised nothing in this story was as it seemed even the hero Giovanni Guasconti is flawedMost of the action in this story takes place in a private garden To me the garden starts of as a place of beauty full of colour and sweet smelling fragrances Hawthorne left me with the impression that this was a safe place bathed in light and hope However as the story unfolds a darker wilder spirit slowly emerges and reveals itselfThe final twist in the tale is when I realised that as good as Giovanni’s intention were to save his love from her father’s grip in the end what let him down were his own preconceptions of what is good and what is badThe cleverness of this tale is it looks easier to read than it really is It’s loaded with symbolism so no surprise at the end there is a moral but not in the way I expected To me light and dark were spun on their head it was almost like Hawthorne was pointing out that nothing is as simple as it looks

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Rappaccini's DaughterR protecting preserving and promoting the world's literature in affordable high uality modern editions that are true to the original wo. Normally I’m not a huge Hawthorne fan I read The Scarlet Letter in high school because I had to do so In the end I did like the book It’ll never be one of my favorite pieces but it is a great one to discuss and analyze I read Young Goodman Brown and was not similarly moved I figured Hawthorne wasn’t my cup of tea After reading Goss’ The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter I was intrigued by the story of Beatrice Rappaccini As I was stuck in jury duty and I had already finished my other novel I figured I would give the short story a go I’m so glad I didIt is beautifully told perhaps I like Hawthorne when he’s less verbose It’s a uick story that races to introduce us to Giovanni and Beatrice Giovanni sees Beatrice in her father’s garden and falls for hersort of It’s not love even he admits this It’s like attraction He’s a butterfly who is attracted to a Venus fly trap Giovanni learns uite a bit about Beatrice and her father a doctor who does experiments with plants Even in such a short piece Hawthorne is able to focus on the two young people and get to the heart of who they are The fact the story is from Giovanni’s point of view allows the reader to go on his uest with him It’s the ending that makes your heart just break for Beatrice So few lines dedicated to her yet the piece does her character justice Rappaccini’s Daughter is an interesting gothic tale that will make you ponder gender issues loveattraction and the power we all have to hurt one another