Roman Fever

by

Edith Wharton

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Horace Ansley Character Analysis

Mrs. Ansley’s late husband, whom she married just two months after her encounter with Delphin Slade at the Colosseum. After Mrs. Ansley reveals that Delphin is the true father of Barbara, her daughter, it becomes clear why she had married Horace in such a rush: she had been pregnant with another man’s child. Though they belonged to the same social circles, Mrs. Slade thinks of Horace Ansley as a “nullity,” a person of little importance or worth.
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Horace Ansley Character Timeline in Roman Fever

The timeline below shows where the character Horace Ansley appears in Roman Fever. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section 1
Competition in Female Relationships Theme Icon
The Artifice of High Society Life Theme Icon
...developed such a compelling personality, given how stodgy and dull Mrs. Ansley and her husband, Horace, were. Mrs. Slade recalls the years when she and her husband lived across the street... (full context)
Section 2
Competition in Female Relationships Theme Icon
Knowledge and Denial Theme Icon
...voices her amazement at the fact that two “exemplary characters” — meaning Mrs. Ansley and Horace — could have produced a child as “dynamic” as Barbara. This comment causes Mrs. Ansley... (full context)
Competition in Female Relationships Theme Icon
Knowledge and Denial Theme Icon
The Artifice of High Society Life Theme Icon
...with a new wave of rage and jealousy. She reminds Mrs. Ansley that she married Horace only two months after the evening at the Colosseum, and says she has always believed... (full context)