What incident in the story was an actual incident taken from the authors' life?

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I think an additional perspective for this question is that since so much of what Wharton wrote was easily exemplifying the life she really knew, Ethan Frome stands out that much more being a novel set so far away from the world she knew, which afforded her some measure of freedom in, at the very least, alluding to the problems she had in her life.

 It's certainly not a word for word account, especially if you consider that she's using a male's perspective as the lead character, but I think that provides yet more...

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