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Below is a quotation taken from Dale M. Bauer's article "Edith Wharton's "Roman Fever": A Rune of History" (College English 50.6 (1988): 681-692). After reading the quote, do you agree or disagree with Mr. Bauer's claim? Why? “‘... Her ‘Roman Fever’ questions origins, persecution, and sexual violence -- Rome itself being a powerful site of primal violence. Her story interrogates society’s periodic demand for an ultimate return to origins: whether it be racial purification or sexual housekeeping.” (681) Roman Fever is about two women in the early 1930s who visit Rome and participate in shenanigans involving deception and jealousy.. Bauer's commentary sounds like a batch of hot steamy BS. It is a power struggle for those in the upper classes: Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Ansley vie for engagement to Mr. Slade. The eventual Mrs. Slade tries to remove Mrs. Ansley from the picture with a false letter inviting the latter to a night rendezvous. While the plan backfires for Mrs. Slade because her eventual husband actually meets with Mrs. Ansley, Mrs. Slade still marries her beau, but it seems the soon-to-be
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  • Fall '17
  • Lauren Baugus
  • Middle Ages, Deception, Mrs. Ansley, Mrs. Slade

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