Translated from the German for the Living Age, 3.
One touch from Beatrice and Giovanni will die. While his friend Baglioni gives Giovanni the antidote to cure Beatrice to cure her, his motives are from innocent.
The story begins as Giovanni arrives at his lodgings in Padua. It is the first time that he has been to northern Italy - his family home is from the south - and his naivety is obvious from the start. When his landlady, Lisabetta, tells him to put his head out of the window to feel the northern sun, he does as she says, but is immediately disappointed.
The sun nowhere near as hot as it is at home. Yet turning his head, he sees something that impresses him even more: Lisabetta tells Giovanni the garden belongs to a scientist called Rappaccini - a man, she claims, known as far as Naples. Giovanni is impressed and waits at his window to catch a sight of the great man.
It is not long before he arrives. Rappacini is a dark, ill-looking, and cold-hearted figure. His only aspect that impresses Giovanni is the way that he studiously and very carefully looks at the flowers.
He is obviously a man of great intellect. Giovanni is unprepared, however, for his daughter Beatrice. Walking into the garden like an angel, she is breath of fresh air and unlike her father, treats the flowers like her friends. The next day Giovanni introduces himself to the family friend and university professor, Professor Baglioni.
He knows Rappaccini personally and warns Giovanni, to stay away from him. Rappaccini has no interest in humankind. His interest is to create increasingly dangerous poisons from his plants. The plants, he claims, have contaminated his daughter and she cannot leave the garden.
What Baglioni does not tell Giovanni is that Rappaccini is his rival. They hate each other. Giovanni is in love with Beatrice and despite warnings, he buys her a bouquet of flowers.
Finally, she dances into view, smelling the flowers and approaching, with reverence, a purple plant next to a fountain.
As she lifts the plant to smell its flowers, a dewdrop falls from a petal and onto the back of a passing lizard. The lizard immediately dies. One day he passes Baglioni without saying a word and the professor has to grab him to get his attention.
As the same time, Rappaccini walks past them. He greets Baglioni with open contempt, but looks upon Giovanni with great interest.
Rappaccini, he tells Giovanni, maybe interested in him as a subject for one of his experiments. On his return home, Lisabetta approaches Giovanni excitedly. She is ecstatic to see him. Giovanni high on love and his beautiful surroundings walks to the purple flower that rises from the edge of a marble fountain in the center of the garden.
Beatrice screams like a gunshot. Whatever he does, she screams, he should never touch the plants. Before he leaves Giovanni sees Rappaccini, looking on from the garden entrance."Rappaccini's Daughter" is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne first published in the December issue of The United States Magazine and Democratic Review, and later in the collection Mosses from an Old Manse.
Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Rappaccini's Daughter is a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in the third-person point of view of Giovanni Guasconti, a medical student in medieval Padua. The story centers around Giacomo Rappaccini, a medical researcher who grows a garden of poisonous plants.4/5(8).
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