Roman Fever

One of Mrs. Ansley’s first actions in “Roman Fever” is to withdraw from her bag “a twist of crimson silk run through by two fine knitting needles.” She takes out the knitting in response to…

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The term “Roman Fever” refers to a particularly deadly strain of malaria. The disease itself plays a key role in Mrs. Ansley’s story of her Great-Aunt Harriet, who—according to family lore—once ordered her younger…

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