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What is the theme of "Roman Fever" by Edith Wharton?

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I think that one of the most critical themes of Wharton's work is how friendship can move into the realm of vengeful rivalry with such ease.  The process in which the friendship between the two women disintegrates is startlingly quick.  An association that spanned decades is reduced to emotional rubble in an afternoon.  While there might have been latent hostility between both women, it was subverted for the good of a friendship or association that lasted over a sustained period of time....

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