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by Edith Wharton

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In Ethan Frome, how long had Ethan and Zeena been married when Mattie came to the farm?

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Ethan and Zeena had been married for seven years when Mattie came to keep house for them. Zeena had "fallen silent" after the first year of their marriage, and during the remainder of those seven years, Ethan had lived in emotional isolation. This represents one of the novel's many ironies since Ethan had married Zeena impulsively to avoid being alone on the farm during the long and...

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