In the novel "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton, what is Chapter 1 about?Summarize

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Following an introduction in Ethan Frome the narrator begins to tell us in chaper one about Ethan.  Ethan, is introduced as a young man. He had taken a course at a technical college, but had to stop when his father died and financial losses meant he had to go home home. In chapter one Ethan is on his way to pick up his wife's cousin, Mattie Silver, who is attending a dance. The weather is snowy and cold. We learn that Mattie, has come to live with the Fromes to help Ethan's wife Zeena who is always sick. Mattie and Ethan become very close and share a friendship that is very important to both of them.   Zeena of course becomes jealous. Mattie is not very good at housework, and when Ethan helps her, Zeena begins to threaten to replace her with someone stronger. Standing out in the cold Ethan is peeking through the church window, watching Mattie dance with many partners, and also feels jealous. He remembers Zeena's threats, and he feels uneasy.

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