Zeena informs him that her doctor has told her to hire a new girl to do all the housework, for Mattie is not as efficient as Zeena wants her to be. Zeena, also enraged, tells him that she became sick from nursing his ill mother.
Ethan goes to see Andrew Hale to see if Hale can give him money for the lumber, but Hale refuses. Jumping forward twenty years, we find ourselves back in the company of the narrator as he enters the Frome household.
The situation existing in the House of Frome is an odd one and his natural curiosity spurs him to start an informal investigation into the life of Ethan Frome. After a lifetime of devoting himself to others he is on the verge of taking back control of his own life.
Plot[ edit ] The novel is framed by the literary device of an extended flashback. Mattie is taken to Mrs. With all the incidents that happened it seemed inevitable that his life would always be a string of failure. Mattie refuses the offer of a ride from another young man named Denis Eady and begins the walk home alone.
Ethan took an immediate propensity to her cousin, Mattie, because she brought a bright light upon his dismal day. She asks Ethan to run the sled into the elm tree at the foot of the hill, allowing them to spend their last moments together.
Critics did take note of this when reviewing the book. It seemed that everything Ethan tried to do, worked against his favor. At mid-morning, having finished his tasks on the farm, Ethan steals into town on a desperate errand. In an attempt to reclaim his dreams and move to a metropolitan area, Ethan tried to sell the farm, but his efforts were unsuccessful.
The light, on a level with her chin, drew out of the darkness her puckered throat and the projecting wrist of her hand that clutched the quilt, and deepened fantastically the hollow and prominences of her high-boned face under the ring of crimping pins….
As a result, Ethan, who has secretly fallen in love with Mattie, completes many of her chores.
Frome is described as "the most striking figure in Starkfield", "the ruin of a man" with a "careless powerful look…in spite of a lameness checking each step like the jerk of a chain". However, in a sober evaluation of his financial situation, Ethan comes to realize the impossibility of running away and falls asleep in a state of hopelessness.
When the dance lets out, Ethan hangs back to keep his presence unknown.
His wife claimed that a new doctor said that she was extremely sick, and needed more help around the house. Ethan is angry, but realizes that Zeena will have her way.
Quickly collecting himself, Ethan visits the bedroom to greet his wife. He arrives at the village church, where lights in the basement reveal a dance. He feels that he cannot abandon Zeena because he knows that she would neither be able to run the farm nor sell it the poor quality of the place has been discussed at several points in the story already.
Hale lets him know that his sacrifice has not went unnoticed.For over a decade, I’ve wanted to read Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome in the winter.
I’m one of those folks who likes to time reading a book with the season in which the book is set. I’m one of those folks who likes to time reading a book with the season in which the book /5.
First published inEthan Frome is widely regarded as Edith Wharton's most revealing novel and her finest achievement in fiction. Set in the bleak, barren winter landscape of New England, it is the tragic tale of a simple man, bound to the demands of his farm and his tyrannical, sickly wife, Zeena, and driven by his star-crossed love for /5().
When Edith Wharton's novel "Ethan Frome" was first published inreviews were largely negative. Critics called the story cruel and violent and sales of the novel were dismal. Today, Edith Wharton's haunting tale of forbidden romance in a rural New England town is her most widely read novel.
Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome: Character Ethan Frome, the main character in the book entitled Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton, has many complex problems going on at the same time.
His family has died and he has a wife that is continually sick, and the only form of happiness he has is from his wife’s cousin Mattie. The next morning, Ethan remains eager to reveal his feelings to Mattie, but the presence of his hired man, Jotham Powell, coupled with his own inhibitions, prevent him from making a move.
Ethan makes a run into town to pick up some glue for the pickle dish. Set against the frozen waste of a harsh New England winter, Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome is a tale of despair, forbidden emotions, and sexual tensions, published with an introduction and notes by Elizabeth Ammons in Penguin Classics/5().Download