| Quote #7
Suddenly it occurred to him that Andrew Hale, who was a kind-hearted man, might be induced to reconsider his refusal and advance a small sum on the lumber if he were told that Zeena's ill-health made it necessary to hire a servant. (8.44)
Ultimately, Ethan can't follow through with this calculated manipulation. Because it is so well thought out, it makes him feel dirty.
| Quote #8
[Mattie] put her lips close against his ear to say: "Right into the big elm. You said you could. So 't we'd never have to leave each other any more." (9.147)
Now Mattie Silver is doing the manipulating, convincing Ethan to die with her.