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Ethan Frome is a novel about the struggle of a man Ethan Frome who is caught in a love triangle He is married to Zeena whom he has never really loved He married her because she helped him take care of his mother when she was sick Soon after Zeena became sickly She was constantly sick or believed she was suffering from some illness She drained Ethans pockets of a good sum of money on medicines and doctors visits Because Zeena was sick and could not do much work around the house they brought Mattie Zeenas relative who had been orphaned to Starkfield to help around the house in return for food and shelter Ethan soon fell in love with Mattie but could not express it because of Zeena Throughout the year that Mattie was with them Ethan tried to show her that he loved her He would walk her home after a church gathering in the winter and put his arms around her He tried to show off to her by boasting his skill at sledding and how he could coast down the dangerous hill and miss the big elm tree that was in the path right around a sharp bend Mattie fell in love with Ethan too after a picnic on a summer afternoon One day Zeena left Starkfield to see a new doctor in Bettsbridge Her trip would keep her over night so Ethan and Mattie had the night alone together Zeena asked Ethan to take her down to the Flats to catch the train but Ethan said that Jotham Powel would have to do it because he had to drive a bunch of lumber over to Mr Hales and collect the cash for it But he knew he was not going to be paid for the lumber then he only said that to avoid taking his wife to the station and he soon regretted it When Ethan drove the
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