Ethan Frome Quotes by Edith Wharton
Ethan Frome - Mattie Silver Leaving
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Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton is a somber tale indeed, but so beautifully told that many readers return to it again and again. An original review in the San Francisco Call from the year the book was published sketches the outline of the novella:. Slowly she and Ethan fell in love. He looks as if he was dead and in hell now! By nature grave and inarticulate, he admired recklessness and gaiety in others and was warmed to the marrow by friendly human intercourse. I want to do for you and care for you.
It pleased Ethan to have surprised a pair of lovers on the spot where he and Mattie had stood with such a thirst for each other in their hearts; but he felt a pang at the thought that these two need not hide their happiness. This passage shows that Ethan was aware that he was living a lie. This makes it all the more bewildering that he takes no steps to try to change his situation. Maybe it's not so bewildering. He's been told "no" about so many things, so many times that he hardly dares go beyond the simple pleasure of having Mattie's company.
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