From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome


by Edith Wharton


Character Role Analysis

Zeena Frome and Mattie Silver

Zeena an Mattie are obvious foils. Zeena is nasty where Mattie is sweet. Zeena is sick but Mattie is healthy. Zeena is prematurely old, while Mattie is a flower of youth. Zeena is Ethan's wife, while Mattie is his love. Or at least that's how it is for most of the story. Then all of a sudden, the tables turn. Suddenly Zeena is healthy and Mattie is ill. Zeena seems young and Mattie appears old.