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Gerard Moreno September 10 1999This book begins with a Prologue and ends with an Epilogue It begins with the narrator stuck in the snow and unable to get home Ethan Frome gives him a ride to his house so he can stay there and sleep unitl the storm dies down The narrator has always been curious about Ethan Frome and others in the New England town that they lived in During the narrators short stay at the Frome household he learns a lot The narrator begins to learn about Ethans early life as a young man Ethan drops out of college because his father is killed in an accident He has to take care of the mill and the farm Ethans mother is ill and when her condition worsens Ethan has to hire a nurse to take care of her The nurses name is Zeena Ethans mother eventually dies and then Ethan and Zeena get marriedAfter six years of marriage Zeena finds herself sick and unable to handle her household responsibilities Ethans marriage is falling apart because his wife is ill and all of the money from his jobs are used for Zeenas medicines which dont appear to be working Ethan then proceeds to hire a girl to take care of the house Her name is Mattie Silver and she is about Ethans age Ethan instantly falls in love with Mattie Silver but he fears that Zeena knows about it Zeena never likes Mattie and is not happy with the work she does She feels she is too slow and doesnt take care of the house well enough After Mattie has been caring for Zeena for about a year Zeena goes out of town to see a doctor The doctor tells her that her condition is severe and that it will require that she rest all day Zeena feels that Mattie cannot handle the household anymore and she hires
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