The Use of Ambiguity in the Story, Roman Fever by Edith Warton

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Ambiguity is a writing effect that adds richness to a literary work. When using ambiguity a writer allows for there to be more than one meaning in their work and challenges the reader to think deeper into the literature than what is just on the surface. In the story Roman Fever, by Edith Warton, ambiguity is very evident in many aspects of the story. Throughout the story there are many ambiguous moments however, in my opinion the most ambiguous moment happens in the last sentence of the story. I believe it is the most powerful statement in the whole story, and can change the whole meaning of the story. In the last line of the story Mrs. Ansley states, "I had Barbara  ( 634 Wharton). These three simple words make the whole story come together. Mrs. Ansley made that statement to Mrs. Slade as the two women were leaving the Roman restaurant where they had spent the day together. During the time the women spent together not only did they discuss the past but Mrs. Slade confessed that many years prior when the ladies were young she had suspected Mrs. Ansley and Mr. Slade were romantically involved. Mrs. Ansley had met Mr. Slade one night and there is the possibility that they were romantically involved. This causes there to be more than one meaning to those three words at the end of the story. I feel that those three words can have two different meanings. The first is that Mrs. Ansley doesn't care what Mrs. Slade did she is just happy that she has her daughter. The other is

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