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An edition of Ethan Frome (1910)

Ethan Frome

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An edition of Ethan Frome (1910)

Ethan Frome

William Collins Paperback Edition (1)
  • 3.93 ·
  • 15 Ratings
  • 90 Want to read
  • 4 Currently reading
  • 23 Have read
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Collins Classics
Language
English
Pages
142

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Ethan Frome toils at his New Enoland farm while struggling to maintain a bearable existence with his sickly and judgemental wife, Zeena. He finds himself increasingly drawn to Mattie, Zeena's cousin, who helps around the house. Although she represents the possibility of happiness, they are trapped by their hopeless situation. And when Zeena becomes suspicious and arranges for Mattie to be sent away, events take a tragic turn.

This heart-breaking portrait, from the author of The House of Mirth, is an intimate look at choices not made and lives not yet lived. First published in 1911 and adapted for film, Ethan Frome remains for many the most subtle and moving of Wharton's works.
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Edition Availability
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Ethan Frome
2018-07-11, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback in English
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Sous la Neige
2017-09-13, Audiocite
Digital Audio in French
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Ethan Frome
2015, Collins Classics
Paperback in English - William Collins Paperback Edition (1)
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Ethan Frome
2013, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
in English
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Ethan Frome
2011-10-15, LibriVox
Digital Audio in English - version 2
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Sous la neige
2011-11-12, Project Gutenberg
ebook in French
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Ethan Frome
2010 February 04, Project Gutenberg
Epub in English
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Ethan Frome
2010, IAP
Paperback in English
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Ethan Frome
2008 February 19, LibriVox
Digital Audio in English
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Ethan Frome
2005, ICON Classics
in English and French - Webster's French Thesaurus ed. for ESL, EFL, ELP, TOEFL, TOEIC and AP test preparation.
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Ethan Frome
2005, ICON Classics
in English and German - Webster's German Thesaurus ed. for ESL, EFL, ELP, TOEFL, TOEIC and AP test preparation.
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Ethan Frome
1997, Turtleback (Scribner Paperback Fiction)
Library Binding in English - 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction edition (3)
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Ethan Frome
1984-02-06, Gallimard
Mass Market Paperback in French
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Ethan Frome
1939, Charles Scribner's Sons
Paperback in English

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London

Classifications

Library of Congress
PS3545.H16E7 2015

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
142p.
Number of pages
142

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL29248998M
Internet Archive
ethanfrome0000whar_j1m2
ISBN 10
0008110549
ISBN 13
9780008110543
OCLC/WorldCat
1023192170
Goodreads
26066600

Work Description

Edith Wharton wrote Ethan Frome as a frame story — meaning that the prologue and epilogue constitute a "frame" around the main story

How It All Goes Down
It's winter. A nameless engineer is in Starkfield, Massachusetts on business and he first sees Ethan Frome at the post office. Ethan is a man in his early fifties who is obviously strong, and obviously crippled. The man becomes fascinated with Ethan and wants to know his story. When Ethan begins giving him occasional rides to the train station, the two men strike up a friendship. One night when the weather is particularly bad, Ethan invites the man to stay at his house. In the hall the man hears a woman talking angrily, on and on. When Ethan speaks, the voice stops. The man tells us that he learned something that night which allowed him to imagine Ethan's story. Now we go back in time 24 years and learn about Ethan's life.

Ethan has walked from his farm and sawmill into town to pick up Mattie Silver from the church dance. He peeks in the windows of the church basement and sees Mattie dancing with Denis Eady and is jealous. Mattie is Ethan's wife's cousin. Her parents both died just over a year ago, and she was left with nothing. Her father had apparently swindled some of the relatives out of their savings, so nobody wanted to help Mattie. Zeena, Ethan's wife, is always sick, and decided to let Mattie live with them in exchange for doing the housework and helping the ailing Zeena.

Ethan liked Mattie from the beginning and worried that Zeena was too hard on her. The two women soon adjusted to each other (sort of) and things weren't as bad as they could have been. Meanwhile, Ethan has fallen in love with Mattie and wants to spend all his time with her.

Mattie soon comes out of the dance, and Ethan watches while Denis Eady tries to give her a ride home. She brushes him off and then Ethan reveals his presence. Ethan and Mattie are happy to see each other. They discuss possibly doing some sledding in the future. Neither is afraid to sled down the hill – at the bottom of which lies the deadly elm tree. The walk home is altogether lovely and romantic, but when they arrive, the house key isn't under the mat like it usually is.

Soon, Zeena, looking ill and scary, comes downstairs and lets them in. She's usually in bed by this hour but she couldn't sleep. She is obviously suspicious of their behavior. The next day she announces that she will be gone overnight visiting a new doctor. Mattie and Ethan make good use of her absence and enjoy a romantic dinner for two. Unfortunately, the cat breaks Zeena's favorite dish and Ethan isn't able to locate any glue until after Zeena gets back. The first thing Zeena does when she gets home is to tell Ethan that she's kicking out Mattie. He protests, but fighting is useless. Then Zeena finds the broken pickle dish and is super upset (it had been a wedding gift).

Ethan decides he'll run away with Mattie, but then a combination of lack of cash and guilt stop him. Still, he insists on driving Mattie to the train station. He takes her on the long route, so they can look at different places they enjoyed together. By the time they get to the town sledding hill, it's already dark. As they are contemplating sledding, and pondering the hopelessness of their situation, Mattie suggests that they sled into the elm tree and kill themselves. Ethan agrees and they smash into the tree. But they survive.

Then the story goes back to the present and we find the engineer right where we left him, about to enter the Frome kitchen. When he does enter he learns that the woman who was talking on and on in an argumentative tone is…Mattie! She has spinal disease and can't move without assistance. Zeena is there too, cooking. They all three live together, an unhappy family in the Frome house.



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