Wharton's story contains several tone shifts.
1. At the beginning of "Roman Fever," Wharton is reminiscent. She might even imagine herself as Mrs. Slade or Mrs. Ansley. The two women enjoy their vacation remembering back to when they were their daughter's age, attracting suitors and commanding attention.
2. Throughout the whole story, Wharton is critical of Old New York society. As she describes the two middle-aged women, she provides their thoughts about one another and, in doing so, illustrates their...
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