When analyzed through the lens of the setting, it becomes apparent that Wharton left a clear trail for the reader to see how the characters outlooks influenced their intentions, and how their intentions influenced their actions, and how those actions spawned both the conflicts and revelations that Wharton used to convey the moral of the story. This moral being that had Mrs. Slade not been possessed by her sick, fever like hatred for Mrs. Ansley, she could've avoided every conflict that she encountered in this story. And that is why, to me, Roman Fever is a cautionary tale. Or, more simply put, a commentary on the consequences of jealousy. But more importantly, I believe that in providing an earnest take on the nature of jealousy and envy, Wharton was able to provide a lesson that can be exemplified even more so, in our modern times. Because, in a society where commentaries have been reduced to comments, and, envy itself, has been engineered and commodified in the form of social media — it seems that in no clearer of a case has envy come to life, than in the form of our social media personas. But, unlike the writing of Mrs. Slade to observe a secondary character to allow her to view the physical consequences of her actions, we haven't been afforded the luxury of an omniscient author. As a result, the personas that we've created have become so linked to how we perceive ourselves, that to most, the two have become nearly indistinguishable from each other. Thus, in some ways, it seems we have become our own Barbara's.