After the revelation, does the friendship between Mrs. Ansley and Mrs. Slade continue? Edith Wharton's "Roman Fever"
In Edith Wharton's "Roman Fever", Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Ansley engage in a psychological and verbal power struggle over an event that occurs in their past: a supposedly-orchestrated joke in which a young and single Alida (Mrs. Slade) falsely leads Grace, the future Mrs. Ansley, into an encounter with Slade's then fiance, Delphin.
Throughout the story we notice how each woman tries to outdo the other in terms of how this incident was planned, failed, or achieved. In the end, Mrs. Ansley "wins" the debate when she tells Mrs. Slade that Ansley's daughter, Barbara, is actually the daughter of Delphin; Slade's dead husband.
Mrs. Slade gave an...
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