The Golden BowlVolumes I and II, CompleteBy Henry JamesThe Golden Bowl is a 1904 vel by Henry James. Set in England, this complex, intense study of marriage and adultery completes what some critics have called the major phase of James' career. The Golden Bowl explores the tangle of interrelationships between a father and daughter and their respective spouses.Prince Amerigo, an impoverished but charismatic Italian bleman, is in London for his marriage to Maggie Verver, only child of the widower Adam Verver, the fabulously wealthy American financier and art collector. While there, he re-encounters Charlotte Stant, ather young American and a former mistress from his days in Rome; they met in Mrs. Assingham's drawing room. Charlotte is t wealthy, which is one reason they did t marry. Maggie and Charlotte have been dear friends since childhood, although Maggie doesn't kw of Charlotte and Amerigo's past relationship. Charlotte and Amerigo go shopping together for a wedding present for Maggie. They find a curiosity shop where the shopkeeper offers them an antique gilded crystal bowl. The Prince declines to purchase it, as he suspects it contains a hidden flaw.