The Golden Bowl - Volume One, Book Second, Chapters 1-2 Summary & Analysis

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Volume One, Book Second, Chapters 1-2 Summary

At the opening of the second book Adam Verver is alone at the Fawns, his summer home. There are ladies visiting in his home whom he believes are vying for his attention. He considers marriage now because his daughter, Maggie, is now married. This chapter explores the current state of the relationship between Maggie, the Prince and himself. It also gives background on Mr. Verver's first wife and the mistakes he made while married to her. He assumes that if his wife had not passed away, she would have led him farther and farther away from his studies and his collections.

In Chapter 2 it is noted that his time with his first wife perhaps brought Mr. Verver into a period better than that before his marriage. He is happy as he plans his museum and the collection of art he plans to leave the people of London. Mr. Verver is also happy with the grandson that the Prince and Maggie have given him. Mr. Verver watches his daughter and the Prince together and wonders if he and his wife were ever that happy together.

Maggie, the Prince and the remainder of their company return to the house where they find Mr. Verver is alone with Mrs. Rance. There is a flicker of recognition in the eyes of everyone who sees the two together that there is a possibility something might have happened between the two. It is this thought, and the idea of Maggie's anxiety, that makes Mr. Verver consider remarriage. He realizes he needs a wife who can do for him what Maggie had done in the past.

Volume One, Book Second, Chapters 1-2 Analysis

This pair of chapters mainly describes, in detail, the scholarly and precise nature of Maggie's father. Although he had never thought he would consider wanting to get married again, he now considers it because of his daughter. Now that she has her own husband, she is unable to do the things she had done for him before. He finds he needs someone to fill this gap and ease Maggie's anxiety.

Note in this chapter that the Prince makes an interesting comment in which he compares himself to a piece of crystal. He remarks that he is a perfect crystal, not one with cracks and flaws as these pieces can be gotten cheaply. This quote is reminiscent of the golden bowl which the shopkeeper claims to be made of one solid piece of crystal. It is suspected, however, that the bowl is flawed, a characteristic the Price claims he does not have.

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