In “Roman Fever,” which character does the author portray as more sympathetic, Mrs. Slade or Mrs. Ansley?
Judging by the manner in which Edith Wharton characterizes Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Ansley, it is safe to say that it is not too difficult for a female reader to identify with either of the two. For once, the ladies were wives (now widows) and mothers. As typical females, they experience bouts of likes and dislikes regarding each other's lives, successes, or failures. Additionally, their similarities may render them prone to compete with each other. It is all the nature of human behavior. Yet, it is in...
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