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Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
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Winter in Starkfield
Dark, cold, icy, quiet, desolate, empty
Engineer, resides with Ned Hale. Hires Ethan to drive him to the train station
From Family Farm
Missing the "L" (warmth and nourishment)
Why didn't Ethan Frome leave Starkfield a long time ago?
He had to stay and care for his family
Why is the narrator in Starkfield?
He was going to Conbury Junction for work
How does the narrator meet Ethan?
The horse disease epidemic caused Denis Eady's horse to get sick
What is Ethan's farm described as?
"the black wrath of a deciduous creeper flapped from the porch and thin wooden walls with chipped paint..."
How come Ethan had to end his college studies?
Ethan was forced to end his college studies in physics because his father passed away and his mother was sick.
Who is Mattie Silver?
Mattie Silver is Zeena's cousin from Stamford, CT; she is caring for Zeena
How old is Ethan?
Ethan's wife, Matties cousin; always ill
How come Ethan doesn't approach Mattie when she leaves the dance?
A wave of shyness blew over him instead of making presence known
What happens to Ned and Ruth?
They almost collide with the big elm tree at the bottom of the hill
Where and why does Zeena travel?
to Bettsbridge to meet with doctors
How come Ethan doesn't bring Mattie to the train?
He makes an excuse that he has to collect money from Andrew Hale
Why did Ethan marry Zeena and stay in Starkfield?
Ethan married Zeena because she was caring for his mother and he was lonely, he stayed in Starkfield because he was unable to sell the farm
What do Mattie and Ethan eat?
Blueberries, pickles, and doughnuts
What happens after dinner?
Mattie sews and they are silent
Who did Ethan see kissing under the tree?
Ned and Ruth
Why is Ethan happy the night after the dinner?
He imagines life with Mattie and without Zeena
What color is the pickle dish that the cat knocks over?
How many stores does Ethan go to to purchase glue?
When Ethan returned from the store what did he discover?
Zeena was home from Starkfield
Hired to work on the Frome's Farm
What is wrong withe Zeena?
She has complications, Ethan is affected because of money and his compassion
Why do Zeena and Ethan argue?
They argue about hiring new help
When Zeena goes to get medicine what does she discover?
The broken pickle jar
Wat does Zeena call Mattie
A bad girl
Where does Ethan go after the girls fall asleep?
To his study
What idea does Mattie have with Ethan?
Mattie has the idea of running away
Why does Ethan want to go sledding?
So they can crash into the elm tree so they never have to be apart
After the crash what does Zeena do?
Zeena cares for Mattie and Ethan
Why does Ethan feel trapped
Ethan feels trapped in a living death because Mattie is now injured and complaining like Zeena
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