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The women live in ManhattanNew Yorkand have been friends since they met in Rome twenty-five years ago. A youthful and romantic rivalry led Mrs. Slade to nurture feelings of jealousy and hatred against Mrs.
For her part, Mrs. Ansley looks down on Mrs. Slade, who she feels has led "a sad life. Eventually, Alida reveals a secret about a letter written to Grace on a visit to Rome many years ago.
In fact, Alida forged the letter in an attempt to send Grace on a fruitless outing and expose her "delicate throat" to the "deathly cold. Ansley is upset at this revelation, but explains that she was not left alone at the Colosseum; she responded to the letter, and Delphin arrived to meet her.
Ansley then says that she feels sorry for Mrs. Slade, repeating her earlier thoughts. Slade states that, while she was "beaten there," Mrs.
Ansley ought not to feel sorry for her, because she "had [Delphin] for twenty-five years" while Mrs. Setting[ edit ] The story takes place in the afternoon through sunset, in the city of Rome, at a restaurant overlooking the Forum. Two wealthy, middle-aged, widowed women are visiting Rome with their two unmarried daughters.
The setting illustrates the power and class from which the women hail, but the Old Rome context, such as the Colosseum, insinuates Roman Empire-style intrigue. The movement from afternoon to sunset indicates the devastation that both women will receive as the story progresses.
Analysis[ edit ] Knitting is one several figurative motifs in "Roman Fever. To which Barbara replies, "Well, I mean figuratively. Middle-aged widow of Delphin Slade. Because such much of her identity is wrapped up in her relationship to her husband, "it was a big drop from being the wife of Delphin Slade to being his widow.
Middle-aged widow of well-to-do Horace Ansley. She is "smaller and paler" than Mrs. Slade and "evidently far less sure than her companion of herself and of her rights in the world. Late husband of Grace. He and his wife are variously described as "Museum specimens of old New York.
Daughter of Grace Ansley.
In the opening paragraphs of the story, we hear her "mocking voice in the stairway" as she and Jenny Slade depart. Daughter of Alida Slade. Younger than Barbara, she is "that rare accident, an extremely pretty girl who somehow made youth and prettiness seem as safe as their absence.
Slade wishes "that Jenny would fall in love--with the wrong man, even; that she might have to be watched, out-maneuvered, rescued. And instead, it was Jenny who watched her mother, kept her out of drafts, made sure that she had taken her tonic.
Supervising waiter at the terrace restaurant overlooking the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and other ancient ruins. After receiving a gratuity from Alida Slade, he invites Alida and Grace to remain at the restaurant to enjoy the view.
Son of Alida Slade: Deceased great-aunt of Grace. According to a story handed down, Harriet and her sister loved the same man. To get rid of her sister, Harriet supposedly tricked her into exposing herself to Roman fever.
She later died of the disease.It is the title story of Roman Fever and Other Stories, a collection of Wharton's writing originally published in and still in print. Widely thought to be one of Wharton's most anthologized stories, "Roman Fever" is the subject of numerous critical studies as outlined in .
The emotional lives in A New Leaf are presented entirely through Julia's biased views, while in Roman Fever the characters are presented with an unbiased opinion which allows the .
For their grandmothers, the threat of Roman Fever made the city frightening after dark. By contrast, she and Mrs. Ansley, when they visited Rome together as young women, had no fear and even enjoyed the sense of danger that came with being out at night.
Leonardo Padura was born in Havana, Cuba, in A novelist, journalist, and critic, he is the author of several novels, two volumes of short stories, and several nonfiction collections. Edith Wharton's ''Roman Fever'' examines an old friendship and the secrets each person concealed.
The contrast between the girls brings out traits in their mothers. Roman Fever: Character. An acronym is an abbreviation coined from the initial letter of each successive word in a term or phrase. In general, an acronym made up solely from the first letter of the major words in the expanded form is rendered in all capital letters (NATO from North Atlantic Treaty Organization; an exception would be ASEAN for Association of Southeast Asian Nations).