epollock | Student

In “The Other Two,” Wharton exhibits the more comic aspects of divorce. She describes none of the anguish and grief of Alice’s previous marriages, and, in fact, suggests that Alice may have exaggerated the previous unpleasantness. Indeed, once Alice announces to her third husband that her first husband must make a visit to her sick daughter, she is told to put all embarrassment out of her mind, which she promptly does. In addition, the experience of Waythorn is in no way affected by his being the third husband of Alice. As he learns about the “other two,” he finds that they are ordinary, pleasant human beings, not monsters, and he is able to get along well with both of them. The manners of the world which Waythorn inhabits prevents conversations from becoming personal and difficult, and hence he is able to maintain cordial relationships with the other two.