The Golden Bowl - Volume One, Book Second, Chapters 3-4 Summary & Analysis

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Volume One, Book Second, Chapters 3-4 Summary

In the afternoon, after lunch, Maggie and her father spend time together with Maggie's son. The Prince appears to be excluded from these visits. He is still insecure and unsure of his bond with both his wife and father-in-law. Meanwhile Maggie and her father want to be together at any cost. Maggie depends on Fanny to keep the Prince satisfied with her explanations of the father and daughter's close relationship. During this time, the Prince is lonely for the places he has left behind, the few pieces of property he still has left. However, the Prince realizes he must make sacrifices in order to regain control of these properties. The father and daughter finally speak of the incident between himself and Mrs. Rance. Maggie insists the woman only made sexual advances toward Mr. Verver because he was so young. While Maggie wishes she had waited till she was older to marry, for her father's sake, she cannot deny the fact there will be other women who will try to capture her father's attention.

In chapter four Maggie encourages her father to consider marriage again. She feels that by her marriage to the Prince, she has changed the status quo not only in her relationship with her father but also in his relationship with the rest of society. Maggie tells her father she believes the Prince, as well as Fanny, believes they should be less socially limited. She believes the Prince, however, has accepted the situation. As they talk, Maggie's father realizes she has something on her mind. When he questions her about it, she asks if he could stand for her to invite another woman to visit with them. Maggie proposes to her father that she should ask Charlotte to come and visit with them. Maggie describes Charlotte to him, and tells him how much she respects and admires Charlotte. In light of this information, Mr. Verver agrees to write and invite Charlotte to visit them at Fawns.

Volume One, Book Second, Chapters 3-4 Analysis

James introduces and describes Maggie's father in this section of the novel. Mr. Verver and his daughter have always had a close relationship, and this relationship only strengthens after Maggie's marriage and the birth of her first child. It is described in the text that Mr. Verver almost takes the place of the baby's father. He and Maggie spend much time alone with the child talking and sharing their feelings while the Prince is left out. Since she is concerned for her father, Maggie attempts to persuade him to get married again. She even arranges for him to meet her friend, Charlotte, whom she thinks might be a good match. It is in this section that Maggie tells her father she knows that Charlotte was in a relationship before that did not work out. Maggie believes this relationship is over, and she is not aware it was the Prince with whom Charlotte was involved.

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