Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
They had same events occurring in their lives in the same period of time that pet them both together. One evening in the Rome they find out some deep secrets about each other that changes everything in their lives. Edith Wharton used the magic of foreshadowing in such a beautiful Way that it keeps the readers mind twisting about what is going to happen next. She leaves the trail by telling the readers small hints, such as: ” “It always will be, to me,” “Oh, yes, remember,” murmured Mrs.. Ansell, with the same indefinable , ” at another point, “Mrs..
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Ansell echoed her laugh in a faint murmur. Stress-? “Abs is an angel too”” and “Mrs.. Salad nodded. “But she really sent her cause they were in love with the same man-?” and “Yes. It wasn’t easy to get in it was managed, often. Lovers met there who couldn’t meet elsewhere. You knew that? ‘” As the story starts the two women are sitting at a restaurant’s vast terrace and knitting. Mrs.. Salad compliments the view by saying “After all, it’s still the most beautiful view in the world. ” And Mrs.. Ansell replies “It always will be, to me,” assented her friend Mrs..
Ansell, with so slight a stress on the “me”. Mrs.. Ansell puts stress on “me” because it was the full moon night and she had spent this night with love of her life and Mrs.. Glade’s fiance. The time spent at “The Coliseum” was the only unforgettable moment in her life. At another point Mrs.. Salad reminds her friend: “It’s a view we’ve both been familiar with for a good many years. When we first met here we were younger than our girls are now. You remember! ” and Mrs.. Ansell murmured, with the same indefinable stress-? “Oh, yes, I remember”. Mrs..
Ansell keeps her tone indefinable as she’s being sarcastic because her friend has no idea what she is thinking at that moment. She’s actually lost in the memories of that night she spent with Mrs.. Glade’s fiance. She loved her fiance and that night is all she had with him and today again, she’s sitting and looking at the view of the coliseum. Both points are wonderfully foreshadowed by Wharton but the readers have no idea what Wharton is up to when they read the story for the first time. These points come to a readers head and make him/her smile after reading the whole story.
As the story goes on and two ladies are busy talking about their old days and customs of their time, they start talking about their daughters and Mrs.. Salad complains of her daughter: I always wanted a brilliant daughter… ND never quite understood why I got an angel instead. ” And Mrs.. Ansell echoed her laugh in a faint murmur. “Abs is an angel too. ” Wharton, very wisely tells her readers everything in this sentence. Mrs.. Ansell says “Abs is an angel too” because she knows that Barbara is from same father as Jenny, Mr.. Delphic Salad. The night spent with Mr.. Salad at the coliseum resulted in Ms.
Grace’s pregnancy. Mrs.. Answers mother knowing the customs of the society took an advance step and married her daughter to Mr.. Horace Ansell before the people of the society would come to know about her daughter’s regency before marriage and she gave birth to Barbara, daughter of Mr.. Delphic Salad. But of course proud Mrs.. Salad is unaware of the fact that both the girls are sisters. This foreshadowing is presented in such a great way that a reader takes it as a mother’s compliment for her daughter but in real Wharton has told Mrs.. Answers heart out because Mrs..
Ansell is happy from her core that she has a daughter from the man she loved. The story reaches a point where Mrs.. Salad is fighting with herself on whether she should tell to Mrs.. Ansell that she knows she went to see her fiance on the night when she caught fever or not. She takes a start from talking about how ill Mrs.. Ansell got that winter when Mrs.. Salad was engaged. Mrs.. Salad makes a point about Mrs.. Angle’s aunt Harriet. After Mrs.. Ansell tells that her aunt used to send her young sister out to the Forum after sunset to gather a nightclubbing flower for her album.
Mrs.. Salad declines by nodding and says: ‘But she really sent her because they were in love with the same man-?” Mrs.. Salad brings their love with the same man because she wants to tell Mrs.. Ansell that she knew about Mrs.. Angle’s love for her fiance. Mrs.. Salad wanted to see her friend’s reaction when she mentioned the love with same man but when Mrs.. Ansell didn’t responded as she wanted her to; she started talking about the secret lovers meetings at the coliseum: ‘ ‘Yes. It wasn’t easy to get in, after the gates were locked for the night. Far from easy.
Still, in those days it could be managed; it was managed, often. Lovers met there who couldn’t meet elsewhere. You knew that? ” Mrs.. Ansell declined that she didn’t knew about these kinds of meetings. It broke Mrs.. Glade’s cumulative anger of Yvette five years because she knew that she loved Mr.. Delphic and went to meet him that night. The reason she was so sure was the letter that Mrs.. Ansell got from Mr.. Delphic but it was written by Mrs.. Salad. She tells Mrs.. Ansell that the letter she received was written by her and that’s all she has from Mr..
Delphic but she gets a shock when Mrs.. Ansell tells her that he had arranged everything and she did meet Mr.. Delphic that night because she wrote him back and he came to see her. Wharton plays with her readers mind in this part of the story by the great foreshadowing and reader can’t help but cling to the story to know what happens next. The amazing foreshadowing come to an end when beaten Mrs.. Salad tries to win the argument by saying: “After all, I had everything had him for twenty-five years. And you had nothing but that one letter that he didn’t write. Mrs.. Ansell replied after taking a step toward the door of the terrace, “l had Barbara” and moved ahead of Mrs.. Salad toward the stain. Way. At this point reader come to know why Mrs.. Ansell put stress on “me” and why she kept her indefinable stress in her tone. A reader also finds why Mrs.. Ansell kept telling Mrs.. Salad that both girls were similar and had no difference. Finally the reader finds out what it was that made Mrs.. Salad think hat she is superior to Mrs.. Ansell and why she thought that Mrs.. Ansell was unkind.