In questo caso è un fato provvisto di beffarda, direi anche perversa, ironia, che ribalta i ruoli tra i tre personaggi. And Zenobia is truly horrible. Mattie is taken to Mrs. And it has the type of invigorating force that compels the reader to do his one job and do it good. Wanting to know if Mattie has feelings toward Eady, Frome teases her about the dance. Soon, Zeena, looking ill and scary, comes downstairs and lets them in. Mattie is both pretty and young, and so Zeena begins to make plans for her dismissal.
The Narrator is impressed with Ethan's solitude and apparent withdrawal into a protective shell. Just after eleven, the two turn in for the night without so much as touching. At the door, he bends down to find the key Zeena usually leaves out for him. The next morning, Ethan remains eager to reveal his feelings to Mattie, but the presence of his hired man, Jotham Powell, coupled with his own inhibitions, prevent him from making a move. The problem is that the story, simply as a story, is a forlorn and cheerless morality tale. Now the narrator must find another way to get to the train station every day for work. Having entangled himself in a marriage from which he cannot gracefully extricate himself, he settles into what might be described as an emotional adultery by fixating upon another.
He feels that he cannot abandon Zeena because he knows that she would neither be able to run the farm nor sell it the poor quality of the place has been discussed at several points in the story already. The train is delayed so Frome offers to drive him all the way to work. This incident baffles Ethan who assumed that a woman would blush with embarrassment instead of laughing it away and charms him so that the idea comes to be implanted into him that Mattie would bring him a happy life. When he arrives back at the farm, expecting to find Mattie alone, she informs him that Zeena has returned. When he explains how impossible their love is, she makes him agree to write to her and he worries about her marrying some day. On the other hand I have been on this kind of sled and actually took one down the black ski run on a mountain in Austria once. After the meal, Zeena discovers the broken pickle dish while in search of some medicines and, in her rage, grows all the more determined to chase Mattie out.
Feelings are so clouded that it takes them years, for people living under the same roof, to identify them, to let them free. After a week of riding with Ethan, The Narrator and Ethan are caught in a blinding snowstorm on their return to Starkfield. When Zeena's cousin Mattie comes to live with them, he sees an alternative to his bleak life. The house's function appears to be a place of confinement and isolation for its inhabitants. In those days the snow-bound villages of Western Massachusetts were still grim places, morally and physically: insanity, incest and slow mental and moral starvation were hidden away behind the paintless wooden house-fronts of the long village street, or in the isolated farm-houses on the neighbouring hills; and Emily Bronte would have found as savage tragedies in our remoter valleys as on her Yorkshire moors.
Truth be known, Zeena just wanted someone to take more of the load of her housework. She is wearing a cherry-colored scarf and dancing with Eady. In a fit of nostalgia, he takes her by a roundabout route, and they eventually end up stopping at the crest of a village hill in order to take a sledding adventure they had once proposed but had never undertaken. But, his health and deep depression grounded them. Then Frome tries to get Powell to join them for dinner.
Then she starts to walk home, and Frome surprises her by jumping out of some trees. But his elation deflates when Mattie whispers to him that Zeena has returned and went upstairs to bed without saying a word to her. So they get on the sled together and head for the tree. He seems to feel that the source material speaks for itself, as if an audience would be impressed by the story simply because Wharton took it seriously enough to tell it. The desperate poverty of its inhabitants is equaled only by the unforgiving landscape.
Il fato è sempre primitivo, ancestrale, tanto più in un ambiente rurale ed essenziale come Starkfield. Zeena retreats upstairs, proclaiming her illness, and refusing supper because she is not hungry. Qui, Ethan e Mattie sono già innamorati, vorrebbero fuggire insieme, se solo avessero il denaro sufficiente. Mattie becomes hard, bitter, and complaining, far worse than Zeena had ever been, while Zeena flourishes in her role as caregiver--and victor over the two who had wronged her. She brushes him off and then Ethan reveals his presence.
She tells him that a young engaged couple almost hit the big elm at the base of the hill when they were sledding, and they were almost killed. By the time they get to the town sledding hill, it's already dark. Ethan decides he'll run away with Mattie, but then a combination of lack of cash and guilt stop him. Frome wakes to the sound of a small animal in pain and then checks on Mattie. After supper, with Mattie busy at her sewing work, Ethan contemplates an outright demonstration of his affections, but he stops short of full disclosure.
When Zeena was in extreme pain, and had to go on an overnight trip to see a doctor, these two ungrateful persons could hardly wait to see her go, so they could act out their little fantasy. Wharton likely based the story of Ethan and Mattie's sledding experience on an accident that she had heard about in 1904 in. In this regard, I decided to read Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton's tragic novella. But this is more than a simple story of a love triangle gone wrong. I remembered reading Age of Innocence, but good old Ethan had left my mental building. The novel is told with a frame narrative, with many of the events taking place in an extended flashback. Zeena is there too, cooking.
The autumns and winters were dark and dead. Better suited for adults with a few life challenges in their resumes. Danger, hurt, and rage lie on the underside, and the more we try to escape our lives for something seemingly better, the more we ensnare ourselves in the same misery. She also continued to write, lying in her bed every morning, as she had always done, dropping each newly penned page on the floor to be collected and arranged when she was finished. When Mattie tells them that dinner is ready, Zeena declines dinner and goes to bed. The next day, Ethan takes Mattie to the train station.