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Topics for Further Study

(Short Stories for Students)

Investigate the effects of malaria in the early 20th century and how scientists have worked to combat this life-threatening disease.

What can you determine about the role of wealthy Americans in the early 20th century? What social position did they occupy? How would you define their position abroad?

Conduct research on the Roman ruins mentioned in the story. What role do you think their history and presence have in the unfolding drama?

Read one of Edith Wharton's novels, such as The House of Mirth or The Age of Innocence . How do the characters and the social framework in the novel compare to those in "Roman...

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