What is the significance of "The Other Two" by Edith Wharton?

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"The Other Two" is a comedy of manners about husbands and a wife and adjustments to society. Edith Wharton has explored marital themes in other short stories, but some critics believe this story to be Wharton's most nearly perfect short story in structure and substance. Other critics consider Wharton's stories colorless unengaging imitations of Henry James' stories. In "The Other Two" Wharton explores the contrasting ideas of illusion and belief as well as the related idea of ethics.

In the story, Waythorn is under the illusion that his wife behaves with disinterestedness toward her two...

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