Ethan Frome

chapter 5

Why does Ethan’s teasing Mattie about her probable marriage bother Mattie?        

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The talk of marriage makes Mattie worry that Zeena is displeased with her. She worries that Zeena will force her to leave. Ethan expresses his dismay at the idea of Mattie's departure, and his earnestness makes Mattie blush.


What gives Ethan a momentary shock as he and mattie sit together in the kitchen?