How does the setting foreshadow the conversation between Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Ansley in "Roman Fever"?

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This is an excellent question as it identifies how closely the setting is tied in with the action of this wonderful short story. Repeated references are made to the view in front of these two old ladies, and how stunning this view actually is. But I think it is important to remember that the view that they are focusing on is made up of the ruins of a former dead civilisation:

From the table at which they had beeen...

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