What is the function of money in Ethan Frome?  

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Money is a very important element in this story, because it drives a lot of the frustrations and unhappiness of the characters.  Ethan's mill never makes very much money, so he doesn't have the freedom to travel, go to school, hire a nurse for ailing relatives, or have many comforts.  If he had money, it would offer him the luxury of leaving Zeena with some, and going off...

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