Narrator, Ethan Frome, Zeena, Mattie
Wharton writes so beautifully, the story flows along. One, however, is not prepared for one of the saddest, most depressing ends to a novel one will ever read. She must have finished it while going through a tough breakup with her love and wanted to kill herself. Just sayin'. Definitely a candidate for the Dustbin, not because it is not good, but because it is so depressing.
I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story. If you know Starkfield, Massachusetts, you know the post-office. If you know the post-office, you must have seen Ethan Frome drive up to it, drop the reins on his hollow-backed bay and drag himself across the brick pavement to the white colonnade: and you must have asked who he was.
And I say, if she'd ha' died, Ethan might ha' lived; and the way they are now, I don't see 's there's much difference between the Fromes up at the farm and the Fromes down in the graveyard; 'cept that down there they're all quiet, and the women have got to hold their tongues.
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