Table of Contents Plot Overview Finding himself laid up in the small New England town of Starkfield for the winter, the narrator sets out to learn about the life of a mysterious local named Ethan Frome, who had a tragic accident some twenty years earlier.
He reflects on his time as a student of science.
Light and the sound of dance music radiate from the church, and Ethan moves into the shadows to peer in the basement window. He sees young men and women on the dance floor surrounded by the older women and people playing instruments.
The young people are preparing to leave. His eye is taken by a lively girl with a cherry-colored scarf tossed over her head, and his heart races.
The young people have burst into one last dance, and the girl is in the arms of Dennis Eady, an Irishman with no lack of self-confidence. Ethan grows jealous and waits for her to appear.
Mattie is from Stamford and is now living with them because Zeena needs help at home. Mattie is working without pay because Zeena does not want Mattie to get used to having anything.
The one concession is that Mattie be allowed to participate in occasional activities in town so she will not feel too isolated on the farm.
She has been with them a year, living in the same house, but the moments Ethan most treasures are when he walks her home. When she arrived, she brought hope and light to his dark world.
She is eager to learn, and he is eager to show her things and teach her things. When he explains about the constellations, for example, he is proud that he can teach her and is thrilled by her wonder and pleasure.
It is true that the young girl is not a good cook; neither is she particularly good at other common household chores.
Ethan helps her around the house when he can. On Saturday nights he even scrubs the kitchen floor after the women are in bed. One day Zeena catches him churning butter, gives him an odd look, and silently turns away from him.
Ethan is stunned by these comments because he had no idea his wife noticed anything of his feelings. Zeena has a way of storing up her observations and then making cutting remarks weeks later at unexpected moments.
As he looks again at the scene in the church, Ethan believes he sees Mattie being flirtatious with Dennis Eady.In this regard, I decided to read Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton's tragic novella.
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Edith Wharton wrote Ethan Frome as a frame story — meaning that the prologue and epilogue constitute a "frame" around the main story. The "frame" is The Narrator's vision of . Edith Wharton was an American writer best known for the novels The Age of Innocence and Ethan pfmlures.com was born Edith Newbold Jones on January 24 th, in New York, to George Frederic Jones and Lucretia Stevens pfmlures.com had two older brothers named Frederic and Henry.
Ethan Frome. Although the novel’s introductory and concluding passages are told from the narrator’s point of view, the bulk of the novel unfolds from Ethan Frome’s perspective and centers on his actions.
Ethan Frome, first published in , shows off Edith Wharton's down in the dumps chops.
This lady was as prolific as they come, and most of her stuff wasn't in the super uplifting category of literature. All crossword clues in our system starting with the letter E.