Roman Fever by Edith Wharton

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Friends? Not Really

Trust is often defined as, reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing. It takes years to build trust but seconds to break it. Trust is the main aspect of any relationship. If a relationship lacks trust and a person finds out that his or her friend cheated or lied, it just changes everything in one’s life. The short story “Roman Fever” written by Edith Wharton revolves around the lives of two friends, Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Ansley, who knew each other for too long to call themselves each other’s best friend. They had same events occurring in their lives in the same period of time that kept 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 reader’s 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, I remember," murmured Mrs. Ansley, with the same undefinable stress—,” at another point, “Mrs. Ansley echoed her laugh in a faint murmur. "Babs is an angel too"” and “Mrs. Slade nodded. “But she really sent her because 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. Slade compliments the view by saying "After all, it's still the most beautiful view in the world." And Mrs. Ansley replies "It always will be, to me," assented her friend Mrs. Ansley, with so slight a stress on the "me". Mrs. Ansley puts stress on “me” because it was the full moon night and she had spent this night with love of her life and Mrs. Slade’s fiancé. The time spent at “The Colosseum” was the only unforgettable moment in her life. At another point Mrs. Slade...
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