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'Ethan Frome' Quotes

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Study Guide Ethan Frome is a novel by Edith Wharton. First published in 1911, the novel involves obligatory misery, unacceptable romance, and guilt over the years. Here are a few quotes from the novel.
  • "something bleak and unapproachable"
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Introduction

  • "it's always Ethan done the caring."
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Introduction

  • "Guess he's been in Starkfield too many winters."
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Introduction

  • "a part of the mute melancholy landscape, an incarnation of its frozen woe, with all that was warm and sentient in him fast bound below the surface... in a depth of moral isolation too remote for casual access."
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Introduction

  • "Where'd I go, if I did?"
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Ch. 2

  • "We never got away--how should you?"
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Ch. 2

  • "colorless slip of a thing."
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Ch. 3

  • "Ethan never listened."
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Ch. 4

  • "taller, fuller, more womanly in shape and motion."
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Ch. 4

  • "She's a pauper that's hung onto us all after her father'd done his best to ruin us. I've kept her here a whole year: it's somebody else's turn now."
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Ch. 7

  • "All the long misery of his baffled past, of his youth of failure, hardship and vain effort, rose up in his soul in bitterness and seemed to take shape before him in the woman who at every turn had barred his way. She had taken everything else from him; and now she meant to take the one thing that made up for all the others."
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Ch. 7

  • "He was too young, too strong, too full of the sap of living, to submit so easily to the destruction of his hopes. Must he wear out all his years at the side of a bitter querulous woman?"
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Ch. 8

  • "prisoner for life, and now his one ray of light was to be extinguished."
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Ch. 8

  • "You've had an awful mean time, Ethan Frome."
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Ch. 8

  • "I want to put my hand out and touch you. I want to do for you and care for you. I want to be there when you're sick and when you're lonesome."
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Ch. 9

  • "When I see that, I think it's him that suffers most."
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Perilogue

  • "if she'd ha' died, Ethan might ha' lived; and the way they are now, I don't see's there's much difference between the Fromes up at the farm and the Fromes down in the graveyard' 'cept that down there they're all quiet, and the women have got to hold their tongues."
    - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Perilogue

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