An overview of ethan frome by edith wharton

The frame story takes place nearly twenty years after the events of the main story and is written in first person, revealing the thoughts and feelings of The Narrator. She found a story that is "as moral as the classic fairy tale" and that functions as a "realistic social criticism.

Her kind words serve to check his plan, and he returns to the farm with a guilty conscience. Hale, who empathizes with him. Zeena informs Ethan that she has "complications" and will need a "hired girl.

Mattie is taken to Mrs. Elizabeth Ammons compared the work to fairy tales. Ethan is also injured, and the reader is left to understand that this was the "smash-up" that left Ethan with a permanent limp.

Zeena, however, is in no mood for kindnesses and bitterly informs Ethan that her health is failing rapidly. Hale to ask for advance payment on lumber, and on his way, stops to speak to Mrs.

At mid-morning, having finished his tasks on the farm, Ethan steals into town on a desperate errand. The following day, Ethan rushes through his work, then home to glue the red dish together before Zeena returns home.

To his surprise, when he gets home with the glue, Zeena is already there. Three days before the "smash-up," Ethan goes one evening to meet Mattie, who is socializing at a church dance, and walk her home. 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.

The prologue, which is neither named as such nor numbered, opens with an unnamed male narrator spending a winter in Starkfield while in the area on business. Ethan and Mattie are taken to the Frome farmhouse when they are physically able and are cared for by Zeena.

He left home, attended a technological college in Worcester, Massachusetts, and spent time in Florida actually working on a small engineering job. Because Ethan had no intention of seeing Hale, he absolves his guilt about lying to Zeena by actually going to see Hale and asking for an advance on his load of lumber.

He suggests that Jotham Powell, a man who helps out around the Frome farm, drive her to the train station.

Introduction & Overview of Ethan Frome

The narration switches from the first-person narrator of the prologue to a limited third-person narrator. Ethan invites The Narrator to spend the night at his farmhouse. 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.

The next day, the narrator returns to town, where he lodges with Mrs. In light of this fact, Zeena announces, she plans to replace Mattie with a more efficient hired girl. Kate Spencer suffered from a hip injury in the accident and also had facial injuries.

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.

That evening, Ethan retreats to his makeshift study, where he contemplates the decision that lies before him. Sensing their curiosity, he gives a brief account of his evening in the Frome household, and after supper he settles down to a more intimate discussion with Mrs.

In an attempt to reclaim his dreams and move to a metropolitan area, Ethan tried to sell the farm, but his efforts were unsuccessful. On the way to the train station, Ethan takes Mattie to Shadow Pond where they first fell in love with each other.

After their first run, Mattie suggests a suicide pact: 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".

In her introduction to the novel, Wharton talks of the "outcropping granite " of New England, the austerity of its land and the stoicism of its people. They crashed into a lamppost while sledding down Courthouse Hill in Lenox.

In a fit of nostalgia, he takes her by a roundabout route, and they eventually end up stopping at the crest of a village hill in order to take a sledding adventure they had once proposed but had never undertaken. After Mattie refuses a ride home with Eady, she and Ethan walk home arm-in-arm.

He feels jealous when he observes Denis Eady, a local grocer and proprietor of the livery stable, flirting and dancing with Mattie. It is among the few works by Wharton with a rural setting. In the wake of the collision, Ethan comes to consciousness dazedly, reaching out to feel the face of the softly moaning Mattie, who opens her eyes and weakly utters his name.

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 pieces the dish together, puts it back on the shelf in the china closet, and promises to glue it together before Zeena returns home.EDITH WHARTON’S ETHAN FROME By WENDY H.


Ethan Frome

) Ethan Frome is introduced from an omniscient Narrator’s point of view. We never learn his name; rather he is an engineer Ethan, through the Narrator’s vision, is introduced as a young man.

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This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of Ethan Frome. 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 the tragedy that befalls Ethan Frome. The frame story takes place nearly twenty years after the events of the main story and. Buy a cheap copy of Ethan Frome book by Edith Wharton. Tragic story of wasted lives, set against a bleak New England background.

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