Ethan Frome: List of Quotes explained Essay

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1. ?Guess he?s been in Starkfield too many winters? This quote was found on page 13, in the introduction when Harmon Gow is explaining to the narrator who Ethan Frome is. When Harmon states that Ethan has been in the town of Starkfield too many winters leads to the narrator finding out that Starkfield and the town members become emotionally buried under the snow covered blanket of Starkfield?s winters. Winter in Starkfield is depressing and cold and it seems to rub off on the residents of the town. People of the town say he is cold and depressing, simply because he has been in Starkfield too many winters. 2.?But it was not only that the coming to his house of a bit of hopeful young life was like the lighting of a …show more content…

This quote is found on page 46, in chapter two, which is describing what Zeena, Ethan?s wife looked like in his dream. The author characterizes his wife as an old woman who isn?t pretty or nice. This just shows that his wife is somewhat creepy to him. This just makes Ethan become even more infatuated with Mattie. 4. ?After the funeral, when he saw her preparing to go away, he was seized with as unreasoning dread of being left alone on the farm, and before he knew what he was doing he asked her to stay there with him. He had often though since that it would not have happened if his mother had died in spring instead of winter...? This quote is found on page 59, in chapter four, when Zeena was going to leave the house when Ethan?s mother died. When Ethan?s mother died, he feared of being alone during the cold and depressing winter. He asked her to marry him and that was it. Ethan only used her as a crutch to get through the a hard time. He did not marry her because he loved her, he married her because he was in fear of being lonely. During the spring, the atmosphere in Starkfield isn?t as depressing. If his mother would have died in the spring he wouldn?t have needed anyone to keep him company as desperately so he might not have married Zeena. 5. ?But their evening together had given him a vision of what life at her side might be, and he was glad now that he had done nothing to trouble the sweetness of the picture.? This quote is found on

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