Young Goodman Brown and Other Hawthorne Short Stories

rappaccini's daughter by nathaniel hawthorne

where was glovanni when he first saw beatrice in Rappaccini's daughter?

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While peering through his window, Giovanni spies the doctor working in the garden. The doctor, a tall, old, emaciated and sickly looking man, examines each plant with clinical intentness; he does not treat the plants with emotion, avoiding both their odors and their touch. 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. 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".