The Golden Bowl - Volume Two, Book Sixth, Chapters 1-3 Summary & Analysis

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Volume Two, Book Sixth, Chapters 1-3 Summary

Although Maggie has offered to go with the Prince anywhere he wants, the Prince insists on staying near London in case, it is supposed by Maggie and Fanny, Charlotte comes to see him one last time. Maggie also tells Fanny of Charlotte's plan to separate Maggie from her father, an action Maggie feels is unjust.

In the second chapter of this section Charlotte telegrams a request to have tea with Maggie and the Prince before Charlotte and her husband leave for America. Maggie shows the Prince the telegram who asks Maggie what she wants him to do about the news. Maggie suggests that her father may want to take her out to dinner alone, as they did in old times, thus leaving the Prince and Charlotte alone also. At this suggestion, the Prince insists that it is best the Charlotte and Mr. Verver are going to America now. He does not share Maggie's idea that Charlotte is unhappy. After their conversation and Maggie tries to leave the room, the Prince comes close to her, but she forces him to wait.

Chapter three is the concluding chapter. In this chapter Charlotte and Mr. Verver say their goodbyes to Maggie and the Prince and are gone. Once they are gone Maggie realizes that it was this idea of being completely alone with the Prince, her husband, that was her goal for so long. As the novel ends, James notes that even though Maggie tries to watch the carriage carrying her father away from her leaving, all the Prince can see is Maggie.

Volume Two, Book Sixth, Chapters 1-3 Analysis

The image of being caged or trapped appears for a final time in this section. As Maggie enters the room where the Prince is to tell him about their invitation to tea, Maggie notices that the Prince looks as if he is caged. Notice that the Prince makes no comment in favor or against the idea that he might be left alone with Charlotte. His only response is that he believes it is a good idea that Charlotte and Mr. Verver are going away.

Maggie is upset about Mr. Verver and Charlotte's leaving for two reasons. First, in order to be alone with her husband, she must sacrifice her relationship with her father. Second, in order to have her husband to herself, Charlotte must go to America, a place Maggie knows Charlotte does not like. Even though the Prince believes Charlotte is not unhappy with the move, Maggie still believes their union will be made stronger by Charlotte's unhappiness. At the end of the novel, however, Maggie realizes every thing that she has done has been worth the effort as she is the only thing that her husband can now see.

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