Although he knows Hale never pays in advance, Ethan goes to him for the money in order to avoid being exposed as a liar. Ethan, miserable at the thought of losing Mattie and worried sick about her fate, considers running away with Mattie, but he lacks the money to do so. Although she was in control of her art, emotionally she was facing difficult times. Ethan goes down to eat, but he has no appetite. Since they have to use horse and buggy transportation it takes longer and they have to leave early for town.
For many citizens there is little to do because the heavy snow falls keep the citizens in with lack of transportation. Mattie is reassured, and they return to supper. 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. Hale is greatly surprised, and says she believes he is the only stranger who has set foot in that house in over twenty years. That night, Ethan starts to write a letter informing Zeena he has decided to elope with Mattie and go out West. Like Sherwin Anderson's Winesberg, Ohio, Ethan Frome reacts strongly against a strain of literature romanticizing poverty and rural living.
Ethan Frome is more clearly understood in the context of Wharton's personal life. The first ride is accomplished without incident, but then Mattie suggests that they go down again, but steer into a big elm tree at the bottom of the hill rather than face parting from one another. In a small town where people's intestinal disorders rank as a favorite topic of conversation, being ill makes a person something of a celebrity; being truly ill makes one into a star. The Final Sled Run Normally, a sled rider forfeits a considerable amount of control and submits to the forces of gravity and friction but still maintains an ability to steer the sled; Ethan, however, forfeits this ability as well on the final sled run. As the main story begins, Mattie Silver, a cousin of Zeena's whose parents' deaths left her destitute, has been a part of the Frome household for a year.
Zeena, once so sickly, somehow has found the strength to take care of all of them. It was the sense of his helplessness that sharpened his antipathy. The description of Starkfield at midnight, with the excited dancers whirling indoors while the world outside lies frozen, overflows with sensory details. He soon came to fall in love with her, and out… 1097 Words 5 Pages Massachusetts, Ethan Frome lives a life of poverty. It is winter in Starkfield. As a young man, Ethan began college, hoping to become an engineer. It seemed that everything Ethan tried to do, worked against his favor.
When they reach the farm, they are surprised to find the door locked. Because of the setting in this novel the activities in Starkfield are sparse. He falls asleep, leaving the letter unfinished. Since the horses are sick Denis Eady can not drive the narrator to Corbury flats. Transportation is effected in many ways in this novel.
Every individual who considers someone to be a hero can also be portrayed as a villain. She brushes him off and then Ethan reveals his presence. 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. But he goes there now, trying to figure out a way to take his life back. He gathers bits of the tale from various sources around town.
As Ethan expects, Hale declines to pay him then. But Gow provides few details. In so doing, he is proving his manhood and his love for Mattie. Moments later, they are interrupted by Zeena, who has decided that she is hungry after all. She wants Ethan to feel obligated to her. Ethan tried to cover up for Mattie by secretly helping her with the chores.
Wharton found the notion of the tragic sledding crash to be irresistible as a potential extended metaphor for the wrongdoings of a secret love affair. 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. She's usually in bed by this hour but she couldn't sleep. The fight is open, aggressive; it is the only time in their marriage that Zeena and Ethan have shown so much open anger. By chance, Frome ends up being his sleigh driver to work every morning.
Their mill and farm were all they had to their name. With the intention of committing suicide, Mattie and Ethan head straight for the elm tree at the bottom of the hill. There are definite parallels between Ethan and the red dish. Frome is a badly crippled but still striking older man whom the Narrator has seen at the post office in Starkfield, the town where he is staying. In the morning, Ethan again goes to visit Mr.