In Chapter 9 of Ethan Frome, why does the blood "rush to Ethan's face" when Zeena tells him that Mattie is getting down her trunk?

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This short sentence has a lot of possible implications for interpretation, and perhaps a good reading of the sentence is a blending of several possibilities.  When Ethan arrives home, he knows this is the fateful day of Mattie's leaving the Frome farm, and he is already in a state of distress at the situation.  When he comes in he sees Zeena with a book that cost him extra money for postage, so he is a bit more angry than he might of have been in...

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