I do not see how that sentence is a negative statement. It seems to me that is says: To have a quck-thinking daughter.
Is the translation correct?
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I think we have similar types of phrases in English, they are called “litotes” - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Litotes for explanation.
Apart from the examples the Wiki gives, a couple of decades back you might have heard the response “You're not wrong!” to a comment, a mildly humorous or emphatic way of saying “You got that right!”.
Or you might think of Winnie-the-Pooh who apparently described himself as “a bear of little brain”. :)
Whether the above Italian phrase using poco belongs to the same family perhaps Caterina could comment!
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