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Ethan Frome | Study Guide

Edith Wharton

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Ethan Frome | Characters

Character Description
Ethan Frome Ethan Frome is a troubled farmer more concerned with morality than his own happiness. Read More
Zeena Zenobia "Zeena" Frome is a sickly and shrewish woman who torments her husband and cousin. Read More
Mattie Mattie Silver is the beautiful, youthful relative who comes to care for Zeena and causes a crisis of conscience for Ethan. Read More
Denis Eady Denis Eady is the son of a wealthy shop owner, and he is interested in dating Mattie.
Harmon Gow Harmon Gow is a stagecoach driver in Starkfield who gossips with the narrator about Ethan's past.
Mr. Hale Mr. Hale is one of Ethan's customers, about whom he lies to Zeena, saying Hale will give him a $50 cash advance.
Mrs. Hale Mrs. Hale is the wife of one of Ethan's customers, whose kind words about Ethan's suffering dissuade him from eloping with Mattie.
Ned Hale Ned Hale is Ruth Varnum's fiancé.
Narrator The narrator is an engineer who is spending time in Starkfield on business and becomes interested in Ethan's story.
Jotham Powell Jotham Powell is Ethan's hired man who often acts as a chauffeur.
Ruth Varnum Ruth Varnum is one of Mattie's closest friends and later, a source of local gossip for the narrator. Her married name is Mrs. Ned Hale.
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