the author might think that the future of the British empire is hopeless as when at the end of the novel Daisy Miller dies. When Daisy dies, a lot dies with her. This is what the author narrates about that which is basically their trip to the castle at Chillon in Part 1:
Winterbourne's preference had been that they should be conveyed to Chillon in a carriage; but she expressed a lively wish to go in the little steamer; she declared that she had a passion for steamboats. There was always such a lovely breeze upon the water, and you saw such lots of people. The sail was not long, but Winterbourne's companion found time to say a great many things. To the young man himself their little excursion was so much of an escapade—an adventure—that, even allowing for her habitual sense of freedom, he had some expectation of seeing her regard it in the same way.
Explanation: In "Daisy Miller" by Henry James, Winterbourne, a classy gentleman while in Vevay, Switzerland, meets the vivacious young Daisy Miller, a girl from Schenectady, NY traveling through Europe with her clueless mother and badly behaved little brother, and his world is turned upside down. He likes Daisy, but her erratic, flirtatious behavior confuses and irritates him.