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Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome

  

by Edith Wharton

Ned Hale

Character Analysis

Ned is dead by the time the narrator arrives in Starkfield. We only see him once in the story that takes place 24 years before. It's an important moment: Ethan surprises Ned while he's kissing Ruth. In this open affection between young lovers Ethan sees everything he's missing, and everything he wants.