What details in Part 1 of Roman Fever bring out the differences in the personalities and the lives of Alida Slade and Alicia Ansley?

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In a story reflective of Old New York's stifled Victorian society, Mrs. Ansley and Mrs. Slade are thrown into intimacy simply by their social class because they differ markedly in personalities and view each other "through the wrong end of [their] little telescopes," underscoring the theme of appearances differing from reality.

After their daughters depart for the evening, Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Ansley sit on the parapet in Rome and entertain their own thoughts about each other, thoughts that are colored by their past experiences. 

  • Grace Ansley (as perceived by Alida Slade)

Grace is shy, "deprecating,"...

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