Young Goodman Brown and Other Hawthorne Short Stories

Rappaccini's Daughter

Why does Dr. Rappaccini require his daughter's help?

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 As the doctor nears the purple plant, he puts on a mask, but as if finding the task of tending to the plant to be still too dangerous, he calls for his daughter, Beatrice to handle it instead.  He relinquishes care of the plant to his daughter, who, as strikingly beautiful as the plants around her, busily begins to tend to the poisonous plant as if it were a sister. That night, Giovanni dreams about Beatrice; in the dream, “flower and maiden were different, and yet the same, and fraught with some strange peril in either shape".