Ethan Frome

Chapters 6-8

How did Ethan feel the morning after spending the evening Mattie and what contributed to that feeling? Do you think the feeling will last?

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Ethan awakened with a feeling of joy... their evening together had given him a dream of what their future could be. In my opinion, the feeling will not last.... Ethan is a married man.

The next morning at breakfast Jotham Powell was between them, and Ethan tried to hide his joy under an air of exaggerated indifference, lounging back in his chair to throw scraps to the cat, growling at the weather, and not so much as offering to help Mattie when she rose to clear away the dishes.
He did not know why he was so irrationally happy, for nothing was changed in his life or hers. He had not even touched the tip of her fingers or looked her full in the eyes. But their evening together had given him a vision of what life at her side might be, and he was glad now that he had done nothing to trouble the sweetness of the picture. He had a fancy that she knew what had restrained him...


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