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. oWorked 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. oThis 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. oHe also has a red gash/scar across his forehead. oThe 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. oOnly the older ones approach him, and he just listens, responds and goes away. •He isn't angry, he just wants to be left alone.