chained to detestable wife and unsalable farm. [Am. Lit.: Ethan Frome]
epitome of struggling New England farmer (1890s). [Am. Lit.: Ethan Frome]
his thwarted love for Mattie culminates in an attempted double suicide that leaves them both crippled. [Am. Lit.: Ethan Frome in Benét, 324]
See: Love, Tragic
his loveless and unhappy marriage to Zeena remains hopeless when his love affair with Mattie comes to a pitiful end. [Am. Lit.: Ethan Frome in Benét, 324]
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