- Wharton, Edith. Ethan Frome. Or. Printed in 1911. Kent, UK: Wordsworth, 2000.
The Question and Answer section for Ethan Frome is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The woman who speaks in a "querulous drone" is described as follows: "...her dark eyes had the bright witch-like stare that disease of the spine sometimes gives." Who is this woman, and what is her complaint?
I think this is Mattie complaining that she needs a fire.
We know that, by the time Zeena married Ethan, she transformed into a sick old woman. I don't think she changes at the end.
I think this is up to speculation. Zeena is not fully developed in that way, even by the end of the story.