Ethan Frome begins when The Narrator, an engineer who is living temporarily in Starkfield, Massachusetts while working on a project in a nearby town, becomes curious about Ethan Frome.
During this evening, the narrator reveals small actions that show that they each have feelings for the other, including a lingering of touching hands on the milk jug, although neither openly declares their love.
Ethan is angry, but realizes that Zeena will have her way. The final chapter or epilogue again unnumbered like the prologueswitches back to the first-person narrator point of view of the prologue, as Frome and his visitor, the narrator, enter the Frome household two decades later.
Zeena retreats upstairs, proclaiming her illness, and refusing supper because she is not hungry. 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.
Frome apologizes for the lack of heat in the house and introduces the narrator to the woman preparing their supper—his wife, Zeena—and to the seated, paralyzed woman in the chair by the fire—Miss Mattie Silver.
Moments later, they are interrupted by Zeena, who has decided that she is hungry after all. He tells Mattie that she will have to leave and he kisses her for the first time. However, the problems that the characters endure are still consistently the same, where the protagonist has to decide whether or not to fulfill their duty or follow their heart.
Markedly reticent, Powell is sensitive to the tensions between the Fromes but loath to involve himself in them. He spots a limping, quiet man around the village, who is somehow compelling in his demeanor and carriage.
Despite injuries from the smash-up, including a permanent limp, Ethan manages to support the three of them by resuming working on the farm and in the sawmill. With the intention of committing suicide, Mattie and Ethan head straight for the elm tree at the bottom of the hill.
When Zeena leaves for an overnight visit to seek treatment for her various complaints and symptoms in a neighboring town, Ethan is excited to have an evening alone with Mattie. Hale, who empathizes with him. Ethan pieces the dish together, puts it back on the shelf in the china closet, and promises to glue it together before Zeena returns home.
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. That evening, Ethan retreats to his makeshift study, where he contemplates the decision that lies before him.
They stop at a hill upon which they had once planned to go sledding and decide to sled together as a way of delaying their sad parting, after which they anticipate never seeing each other again.
Ethan is angry and frustrated to the point of panic by the thought of losing Mattie, and he is also worried for Mattie, who has no other place to go and no way to support herself in the world.
Ethan regains consciousness after the accident but Mattie lies beside him, "cheeping" in pain like a small wounded animal. Wharton cripples Mattie, says Lilburn, but has her survive in order to demonstrate the cruelty of the culture surrounding women in that period.
That evening, tensions run high between Ethan and Mattie. Zeena comes into the kitchen furious because she has found her broken red pickle dish. Her misery over her plight and dependence has embittered and "soured" her, and, with roles reversed, Zeena is now forced to care for her as well as Ethan.
Before taking the sled down the hill again, Mattie tells Ethan that she would sooner die than to live without him.
Ethan loiters by the window, transfixed by the sight of a young girl in a cherry-colored scarf. His plan, hatched on the fly, is to make a second attempt to collect an advance from Andrew Hale on a recently delivered lumber load, in hopes of financing his elopement with Mattie after all.
Together, they mourn the tragic plight of the silent, cursed man and the two women fated to keep him company during the long New England winter nights.
Ethan makes a run into town to pick up some glue for the pickle dish. He goes into town to make a lumber sale, but he hurries so as to return to Mattie in time for supper. He arrives at the village church, where lights in the basement reveal a dance. When the dance lets out, Ethan hangs back to keep his presence unknown.
In light of this fact, Zeena announces, she plans to replace Mattie with a more efficient hired girl. It is quickly clear that Ethan has deep feelings for Mattie.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 N Book Summary. The book is so well written that it will make you a better writer just by having read it. Edith Wharton knows how to write an amazing unconventional love story that you will feel so vividly that you will think you are one of the characters/5(). Be aware that you very well may not get the collectors item you think you are paying for.
That said, if you have rather poor eyesight and are in need of extremely large type, this would be a very suitable book. and readers with shorter attention spans would also be encouraged to pick up Ethan Frome and hole up alongside of Ethan, Zeena, and /5().
" Ethan Frome is my favorite Wharton novel and it us very different from her New York social life novels like The Age of Innocence.
There were three or four additional short stories in the book that were not very. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of Ethan Frome. Your book-smartest friend just got a makeover. where lights in the basement reveal a dance. Ethan loiters by the window, transfixed by the sight of a young girl in a cherry-colored scarf.
He has come to the church to fetch his wife’s cousin, Mattie Silver, who has. Ethan Frome is a book published in by the Pulitzer Prize-winning since she is one of the few people who have ever seemed to have seen or openly acknowledged Ethan's lifelong plight, as well as his honor in fulfilling his duties.
The story of Ethan Frome had initially begun as a French-language composition that Wharton had to write Publisher: Scribner's.Download