Ethan Frome

on his return home, matties presence at the door echoes zeenas earlier presence at the same spot. what contrast is made between the two


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Mattie is full of passion, Zeena was full of dead passion.

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"She stood just as Zeena had stood, a lifted lamp in her hand, against the black background of the kitchen. She held the light at the same level, and it drew out with the same distinctness her slim young throat and the brown wrist no bigger than a child's. Then, striking upward, it threw a lustrous fleck on her lips, edged her eyes with velvet shade, and laid a milky whiteness above the black curve of her brows."


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