Objects & Places from Ethan Frome

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Starkfield, Massachusetts - The name of the town in Ethan Frome, representing a bleak, cold and dismal environment.

Mattie's cherry-colored scarf - A cheerful, lovely article of clothing that Ethan associates with its owner's personality.

The elm tree - The giant physical obstacle that stands in the way of sledders on a hill.

Mattie's crimson hair ribbon - Ethan is attracted to the sight of this vibrant article Mattie wears on the night Zeena leaves them alone in the house together.

Zeena's pickle-dish - Zeena's treasure, broken by the cat on the night Mattie and Ethan eat dinner alone together.

Ethan's study - The small room that Ethan uses to escape the daily feelings of loneliness and the dreariness of his life with Zeena.

The sled - Ethan and Mattie ride on this object on the night they try to kill themselves.

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