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Mrs. Costello also serves as the  confidante  to Winterborne. James uses the confidante to help  present certain aspects of the story. As in the case of Mrs. Costello, the confidante is usually  separated from the main action of the story. Mrs. Costello never meets Daisy Miller, but she hears  enough about her in order to express her views rather forcefully. Furthermore, she is called the  confidante because the main character (Winterborne) can come to her and discuss his problems and  express his views with confidence. In other words, by discussing his views with Mrs. Costello,  Winterborne is better able to define his exact position. Note that Daisy Miller is not as insensitive as she first appears. She is able to tell immediately that  Mrs. Costello has refused to see her and is somewhat disturbed by the slight, but she is too involved  with experiencing and enjoying life to allow this refusal to affect her response to life.
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