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Rappaccini's Daughter

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Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a haunting tale of love, obsession, and redemption set in a mysterious garden that is both beautiful and deadly. The story follows the young and innocent Giovanni as he becomes enamored with the beautiful Beatrice, who is the daughter of the enigmatic Dr. Rappaccini.

Hawthorne's writing is poetic and atmospheric, drawing the reader into the dark and twisted world of the Rappaccini family. The themes of forbidden love, manipulation, and the consequences of meddling with nature are woven throughout the narrative, creating a sense of unease and foreboding that lingers long after the final page.

The characters are complex and intriguing, particularly Beatrice, whose beauty is as intoxicating as the deadly plants she tends to. Giovanni's descent into obsession and despair is compelling to witness, as he struggles to understand the true nature of the woman he loves and the intentions of her father.

Overall, Rappaccini's Daughter is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking read that explores the power of love and the dangers of unchecked ambition. Hawthorne's skillful storytelling and rich symbolism make this classic tale a timeless and unforgettable work of literature.

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The story is set in Padua in a distant, but unspecified past. From his quarters, Giovanni, a young student of letters, observes Beatrice, the beautiful daughter of Dr. Rappaccini, a scientist working in isolation. Beatrice is confined to the lush and locked gardens filled with poisonous plants by her father. Having fallen in love, Giovanni enters the garden and meets with Beatrice a number of times regardless of the warning of his mentor, Professor Baglioni, that Rappaccini is up to no good and he and his work should be avoided.

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - September 10, 2020
It was a little startling to hear another voice in the reading, but she is a good reader. The story is short and strange.

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