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ETHAN FROME Section 1 Notes: Section 1 First Person Everyone knows the post office Frome rode a horse with a "hallow backed bay" meaning that the horse has been used for a while. o Worked hard, and is still working. Dark Words: "Hallow Backed", "Dragged", "Starkfield" - Barren Fields - Fruitless Narrator always saying "you know" and "you must" because the author is trying to draw us into the story. Narrator is a fictional character - he/she is different than Edith Wharton, the author. Late 1800s, early 1900s - "pre-trolley days", "riding a horse". Lank-longtitude - Frome is skinny Ethan Frome is very tall, but all the natives are tall. Ethan Frome is a "ruined man", but is the most "striking figure" in Starkfield. o This tells us that Starkfield is a very depressing and down area. Harmon Gow - drove the stagecage Bettsbridge eagle - magazine that frame received every day Ethan Frome is described as "warped" Ethan Frome is limping because of an incident 24 years ago. o He also has a red gash/scar across his forehead. o The incident was a "smash-up". Narrator always waited and saw Ethan Frome at the post office. Frome always received just one or two cards Smash up - 24 years ago in February Goes to post office every day at noon Blue eyes - Frome Drives a bay (horse) with a sleigh One occasional mail is an envelope from Mrs. Zenobia, or Mrs. Zeena-Frome, which could be his wife or mother. He received cards from patent medicine which is like "trial medicine". He always is unapproachable and puts the mail for Mrs. Z into his worn out pockets. Very quiet guy, but is respected. Everyone gives him space. o Only the older ones approach him, and he just listens, responds and goes away. He isn't angry, he just wants to be left alone.

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