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Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome


by Edith Wharton

Ethan's Parents

Character Analysis

Ethan's parents aren't named, and are dead before the action of the story begins. Because Ethan dropped out of school to care for them, they are important factors in his feeling stuck in Starkfield. In addition, Zeena helped care for Ethan's mother when she was sick. It seems that Zeena never lets Ethan forget this fact.