Roman Fever Questions and Answers
by Edith Wharton

Roman Fever book cover
Start Your Free Trial

How has the relationship between Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Ansley evolved in "Roman Fever"? 

Expert Answers info

D. Reynolds eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2016

write11,020 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

As "Roman Fever" opens, Mrs. Slade considers herself superior to her old friend—or frenemy—Grace Ansley. She thinks of Mrs. Ansley and her late husband as "two nullities." She condescendingly considers Grace as "old-fashioned." She feels she has "won" in the game of life over this rival.

Mrs. Slade is taller and more commanding than Grace, and her late husband, Delphin, was more successful than Mr. Ansley. Yet, while Mrs. Slade consciously acknowledges only that Grace's vibrant daughter, Barbara, is more vibrant than her own daughter, it is clear that Grace still makes Mrs. Slade feel insecure. This becomes evident when she goes out of her way to tell Grace about the hoax she pulled years ago of writing a letter pretending to be Delphin, asking Grace to meet him at the Coliseum. As Mrs. Slade recalls, she knew Grace was in love with Delphin and hoped she would get Roman fever while waiting in vain for Delphin's arrival. She wants to rub in that she knows all about Grace's...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 842 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

mwestwood eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2006

write16,150 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences



Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial