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by Edith Wharton

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What are the similes in chapter 7 of Ethan Frome in the bedroom scene?

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Similes are where you compare two different things, using the words like or as.  So, for example, "my love is like a red rose," or "my love is as constant as the sunshine."  When you are looking for similes, keep your eyes open for those tag words of like and as, and it will help you to find them.

In chapter seven of Ethan Frome, Mattie and Ethan's happiness is abruptly ended when Zeena comes home from her trip a bit earlier than expected.  Ethan goes upstairs to confront his wife and talk to her about their journey.  The first simile

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In chapter 7 Edith has returned from the doctor and her trip.  Ethan goes up to the bedroom to see her sitting there.  She tells him that she is sicker than he believes.  She tells him she has complications which in his day meant bad problems.  She tells Ethan that she ahs to have a hired girl because she is to sick to care for the house according to the doctor.

When Zeena is trying to make Ethan feel guilty about losing her health taking care of his mother they look at each other.

"thoughts seemed to dart at each other like serpents shooting venom." (similie)

"senseless and savage as a physical fight between two enemies"

"sounding between them as though a torch of warning "