The Question and Answer section for Ethan Frome is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Can you quote the sentence or passage? I'm not sure which one you mean.
Zeena gets sick within a year getting married.
And within a year of their marriage she developed the “sickliness” which had since made her notable even in a community rich in pathological instances.
The once lively and beautiful Maggie is now an old woman, grey-haired, pale-faced, and paralyzed from the sled ride she took with Ethan.
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The other woman was much smaller and slighter. She sat huddled in an arm-chair near the stove,...