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Like many other short stories Roman Fever by Edith Wharton uses irony to make the story more effective This story shows how young girls during the late nineteenth century were taken on the Grand Tour where they were put on display for potential rich husbands and to view the wonders world in Europe The two mothers and daughters in the story are currently on this tour and the mothers sit on a terrace in Rome discussing the past and comparing their daughters This story is brought to life by the uses of character names being ironic dramatic irony and also verbal irony Edith Wharton carefully draws the characters to show there opposition The mothers in the story are friends but very unlike each other Mrs Grace Ansley is described as small pale and sort of delicate Throughout the story Grace is shunned by Slade The name Grace Ansley was given to this character to help the reader to depict the two women Grace is shown as quiet graceful and soft spoken while Mrs Alida Slade is full-bodied and high in color Slade is sort of a strong bold and mean sort of a name This character is given vigorous black eye brows Wharton 69 and a small determined69 nose Mrs Slade is determined to be better and have all the fame and fortune She seems shattered not by her husbands death but by the mere fact that she could no longer be his shadow That handsome women with the good clothes and eyes is Mrs Slade72 thats is how she is to be remembered Dramatic irony is the authors unique way of showing the reader what is really going in the story while the characters have no idea People always said that is what caused your illness76 says Slade In this situation we as readers know that Grace fell ill because she was pregnant but Slade believes different Often what the two ladies think
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