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In Ethan Frome author Edith Wharton uses parallel scenes of Zeena and Mattie opening the farmhouse door In both scenes Ethan was locked out of the house both nights he searched for the key but never succeeded to find it In both scenes the two women come to the door and hold the lamp in the same position Both scenes are portrayed in total synchronicity The way Ethan examined each of the women was a difference in the parallel scenes Although the scenes contained many similarities they also contain differences as well A main difference was the appearance of the two women Zeena appeared to be very old extremely wretched and ugly as well as threatening to Ethan Ethan said himself that he had never before known what his wife had looked like The light brought out her puckered throat and her bony projecting wrist Zeenas body was long and flat chested Her hair tightly held back by crimping pins and her face in a constant frown Although the lamplight portrayed a negative result toward Zeena the appearance of Mattie was outstanding to Ethan Mattie looked more beautiful than ever When Ethan went to the house he was secretly anticipating being alone with Mattie and expecting to enjoy it as well Mattie held the lamplight to her advantage The light made her taller fuller and more of a womanly shape The light made her eyes a velvet shade and laid a milky whiteness under her brow Matties body appeared much more of that of a woman Her hair was tied back with a beautiful elegant crimson ribbon Moreover her attire was more of a womans and she appeared much more grown up Besides physical appearance both of the womens moods were varied Zeena opened the door with a bad attitude and disconceiving mood Mattie however opened the door with content and happiness to see Ethan while Zeena felt animosity toward the both of Mattie and
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