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FREE DOC Ü READER Ethan Frome ´ The classic novel of despair forbidden emotions and sexual undercurrents set against the austere New England countrysideEthan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult suspicious and hypochondriac wife Zeena But when Zeena's vivacious cousin enters their householEst and most intense narratives Edith Wharton moves this ill starred trio toward their tragic destinies Different in both tone and theme from Wharton's other works Ethan Frome has become perhaps her most enduring and most widely read bo Sparse prose is sexy Sexy And that's why I've given it a special shelf on my page called a buck and changeGuess what else sparse prose is?RareThat's why I have only seven books on thereWhy? Why are these precious books that fall under 200 pages so rare?Because writers tend to overwrite everythingBut not Edith Wharton the ueen of sparse prose And Ms Wharton though she may appear stolid in her old black and white portraits was one sexy ladyShe manages in Ethan Frome to take one anti hero one untamed shrew and one manipulative maiden and proves in less than 100 pages that winter isolation and poverty do not discriminateWharton is never a sell out She gives you foreshadowing symbolism and metaphors in just the right dosages and she never wastes your time And when one red dish shatters into sharp pieces all over that never ending landscape of white you can not help but be bewildered at what an exceptional writer can do especially in succinct and clever prose

BOOK ¹ Ethan Frome Æ Edith Wharton

The classic novel of despair forbidden emotions and sexual undercurrents set against the austere New England countrysideEthan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult suspicious “He seemed a part of the mute melancholy landscape an incarnation of it's frozen woe with all that was warm and sentient in him fast bound below the surface; but there was nothing nothing unfriendly in his silence I simply felt that he lived in a depth of moral isolation too remote for casual access and I had the sense that his loneliness was not merely the result of his personal plight tragic as I guessed that to be but had in it as Harmon Gow had hinted the profound accumulated cold of many Starkfield winters” Our narrator we never learn his name hired Ethan Frome to drive him around in a sleigh for a few days A winter storm necessitates that he spend an evening and a night in Frome’s house He meets Mattie the cousin and Zeena the wife The situation existing in the House of Frome is an odd one and his natural curiosity spurs him to start an informal investigation into the life of Ethan Frome After the opening chapter we flash back twenty four years to a man in the process of waking up from a life he has found himself trapped in When Ethan meets Mattie an internal conflict begins Mattie reads and she reminds on a daily basis just by her presence the part of himself that vanished like smoke years ago when he made the decision to stay in Starkfield and take care of his momma He borrows books from her and starts to remember that other Frome that other man who wanted so much He is a reed long bent that has suddenly found a way to stretch toward the sun once again Mattie is a lost soul as well She hasn’t found her place in the world She has been sickly too delicate to find work and is basically living off the “kindness” of her cousin Zeena Truth be known Zeena just wanted someone to take of the load of her housework Mattie tries but never does come up to the expectations of her cousin Frome can’t help but compare the differences in the two women ”Against the dark background of the kitchen she stood up tall and angular one hand drawing a uilted counterpane to her flat breast while the other held a lamp The light on a level with her chin drew out of the darkness her puckered throat and the projecting wrist of her hand that clutched the uilt and deepened fantastically the hollow and prominences of her high boned face under the ring of crimping pins He felt as if he had never before known what his wife looked like” ”She held the light at the same level and it drew out with the same distinctness her slim young throat and the brown wrist no bigger than a child’s Then striking upward it threw a lustrous fleck on her lips edging her eyes with velvet shade and laid a milky whiteness above the black curve of her brows” Drawing from the CD cover of the Douglas Allanbrook Opera of Ethan FromeIt is not an even contest Zeena is seven years older than Ethan but a lifetime spent embracing her own illnesses has made her a hypochondriac As if to justify her state of mind lines of disapproval and discomfort have etched themselves into her face and withered the bloom of her youth Ethan exchanged a sickly mother for a sickly wife He is trapped in a loop and watching his own life through a veil in gray scale Until“They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods”A man deserves some happiness After a lifetime of devoting himself to others he is on the verge of taking back control of his own life There is this poignant moment when Mrs Hale lets him know that his sacrifice has not went unnoticed ”I don’t know anybody around here’s had sickness than Zeena I always tell Mr Hale I don’t know what she’d ‘a’ done if she hadn’t ‘a’ had you to look after her; and I used to say the same thing ‘bout your mother You’ve had an awful mean time Ethan Frome”As Zeena starts to become suspicious of Ethan’s growing feelings for Mattie she takes steps to send her away and finds a new maid to come live in the house “She had taken everything else from him and now she meant to take the one thing that made up for it all” Wharton deftly has both characters dance around their feelings Each filled with longing believing the other feels the same but unable to tell each other how they really feel until suddenly they are faced with never seeing each other again ”They had never before avowed their inclination so openly and Ethan for a moment had the illusion that he was a free man wooing the girl he meant to marry He looked at her hair and longed to touch it again and to tell her that is smelt of the woods; but he had never learned to say such things” One kiss can change everything view spoilerThey commit a desperate act born out of fear and sadness that leaves them both shattered shells of themselves This impulsive act destroys the very best of what they love about each other and forever leaves those apparitions of themselves suspended on a sled going down a slope hide spoiler

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Ethan FromeAnd hypochondriac wife Zeena But when Zeena's vivacious cousin enters their household as a hired girl Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to representIn one of American fiction's fin Magnificent spectacular I somehow always feel I must assign many types of superlatives to the magnificent spectacular Edith Wharton Definitely top ten writers of ALL TIME contender Her best is Age of Innocence her not as much personally alas is House of Mirth but sandwiched between them is this tense novella about the restrictions of unconventional feeling it has the type of invigorating force that compels the reader to do his one job and do it good I adore this slim tome admire Wharton for being absolutely angelic literature wise in her rare immense perfection