Riding with him everyday talking to him more and more. What does the name Starkfield suggest about the setting? At intervals, however, the post-master would hand him an envelope addressed to Mrs. The speaker thinks he is a loser because he did not excel in high school. Throughout her life as a writer, Wharton would schedule the time that she wrote around social engagements and she did not… The rise of Realism in 1855 was the time when farming began to industrialize, communication expanded through railroads, and Nationalism was yet again revived. He does this by observing her while hiding behind the door; Ethan feels as though he deserves a life with Mattie, but is conscious of the fact he would be leaving his poor sickly wife. Kate Spencer suffered from a hip injury in the accident and also had facial injuries. Her sombre violence constrained him: she seemed the embodied instrument of fate.
The sky, swollen with the clouds that announce a thaw, hung as low as before a summer storm. He was a poor man, the husband of a sickly woman, whom his desertion would leave alone and destitute; and even if he had had the heart to desert her he could have done so only by deceiving two kindly people who had pitied him. Ethan, miserable at the thought of losing Mattie and worried sick about her fate, considers running away with Mattie, but he lacks the money to do so. The small ray of Frome's lantern was soon lost in this smothering medium, in which even his sense of direction, and the bay's homing instinct, finally ceased to serve us. She's had troubles enough of her own.
They are purposely ambiguous and seem to try and forget that Ethan's story ever happened. During the early part of my stay I had been struck by the contrast between the vitality of the climate and the deadness of the community. During my stay at Starkfield I lodged with a middle-aged widow colloquially known as Mrs. How does Herman Gow corroborate this later? Moments later, they are interrupted by Zeena, who has decided that she is hungry after all. He seemed a part of the mute melancholy landscape, an incarnation of its frozen woe, with all that was warm and sentient in him fast bound below the surface; but there was nothing unfriendly in his silence.
The name Starkfield suggests that it isn't a very interesting place to be. Ethan drives the Narrator the full ten miles to the power station, along a road that passes by the Frome farm. Everything seems to be ran down. Based on the first paragraph of the passage, what inference can you make about the speaker? The name of Starkfield suggests a very mundane, dull area. Gow seems to be a reliable source since he has supposedly known the history of the families that he drives for. I had often walked that way on Sundays, and knew that the solitary roof showing through bare branches near the bottom of the hill was that of Frome's saw-mill.
When I had been there a little longer, and had seen this phase of crystal clearness followed by long stretches of sunless cold; when the storms of February had pitched their white tents about the devoted village and the wild cavalry of March winds had charged down to their support; I began to understand why Starkfield emerged from its six months' siege like a starved garrison capitulating without quarter. So marked was the change in her manner, such depths of sad initiation did it imply, that, with some doubts as to my delicacy, I put the case anew to my village oracle, Harmon Gow; but got for my pains only an uncomprehending grunt. Ned Hale fills in the gaps. In an agonizing irony, Ethan and Mattie have gotten their wish to stay together, but in mutual unhappiness and discontent, with Mattie helpless and paralyzed, and with Zeena as a constant presence between the two of them. After that, for a week, he drove me over every morning to Corbury Flats, and on my return in the afternoon met me again and carried me back through the icy night to Starkfield. Synthesis: Chapters 4 to 6- What do these statements reveal about the characters? In the afternoon the storm held off, and the clearness in the west seemed to my inexperienced eye the pledge of a fair evening. Just because he only took the requisite twelve years to make it through school and graduate from his alma mater, and I took slightly longer, that doesn't make me a loser.
In the book, the narrator is surprised to hear that Herman Gow thinks that Ethan Frome will grow to be 100 years old. It happened right below lawyer Varnum's, down at the bend of the Corbury road, just round about the time that Ruth got engaged to. The name Starkfield means that the town in cold, empty, and dull. Harmon Gow is the first person that the narrator is able to squeeze information from. In a way this comment forebodes what is yet to come, and highlights the conflict between Ethan and Zeena, and also Ethan against himself. The town people seem to deny the story's existence and when questioned, give ambiguous facts. Herman Gow corroborates this later when he is talking to the narrator about Ethan; he says that Ethan has seen to many winters in Starkfield, and that all the smart people leave for the cold winter months.
There seems to be big industry in that part of the country and it seems to be an escape from the Starkfield. Then Harmon Gow suggested that Ethan Frome's bay was still on his legs and that his owner might be glad to drive me over. Most of the smart ones get away. It was the sense of his helplessness that sharpened his antipathy. When Ethan requests that Hale extend him an advance on a lumber load, Hale is forced to politely refuse, citing his own financial constraints.
Why does suicide seem logical? He has no love of fight and that Zeena has turned into his enemy and they both know it. He realizes that he can't keep her and is in such a state as he realizes how horrible and pointless his existence is; he's a slave to his life. The next morning, Zeena describes her specific and imminent plans for sending Mattie on her way. When the narrator leaves his book and frome takes interest the narrator seems to be very surprised. From this, I think we can trust the narrators judgement. He had to stay then. How does Ethan reveal that he feels ambivalent? Ethan longs to be free of his restraints and be able to explore the world.
Abreast of the schoolhouse the road forked, and we dipped down a lane to the left, between hemlock boughs bent inward to their trunks by the weight of the snow. . This thought of not knowing haunts Ethan and is why he can never bring himself to say these things. It was clear that the Varnum fortunes were at the ebb, but the two women did what they could to preserve a decent dignity; and Mrs. Maybe it once held liveliness but it has came to a decline.