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Ethan Frome is a very well written book with a story oflove intrigue suspicion and hatred In the story thereare many people but only three stand out to me plus ananimal I will tell you of one scene in the book that showsthe cat puss as a symbol and a familiarIn the story of Ethan Frome there are three maincharacters Ethan From his wife Zena and Mattie Zenasrelative Ethan was a man of little character Being froma small town in New England he and his towns people wherevery isolated and knew almost nothing about the worldoutside of Starkfield As for Zena she had come to Ethansside when his mother was deathly ill After his motherpast Zena was welcomed to stay with Ethan and then theywhere married Zena was a very cold woman who had nocharacter and very little compassion for other people Shewas the type of person who always looked for a way to haveattention drawn to her as if she where important and shealso wanted people to feel sorry for her every time she wassick which was quite often In this story one girl whois Mattie stands out to Ethan as being a vibrant and younglady unlike his older wife Zena Mattie has a verycolorful outlook on things and is always getting peoplesattention in a good and loving way unlike Zena who drawsattention to herself by always being ill In this story Zena has a cat named puss who can berecognized as both a symbol and a familiar I learned thatfamiliar is another word for a person to see through toanother person or even another world like a mirror Pussis in my opinion is Zenas familiar watching over Ethanand Mattie When Zena left town for one of her doctorsexcursions Ethan and Mattie where left alone at the housefor the night Zena knew nothing of Ethans feelings towardMattie but she knew to be careful about leaving them alonetogether That night Mattie fixed a delightful dinner
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