Ethan Frome Chapter 6
After their night together, Ethan feels unusually happy and blissful. He thinks that their night together is an indication of what their future is going to be.
He plans to buy glue after work, and fix the dish before Zeena returns. Unfortunately, an injury to his horse and bad weather delay his return. When he finally reaches home with the glue, Mattie tells him that Zeena has already returned with Jotham Powell, the Fromes' hired hand. Mattie is worried Zeena will find out about the broken pickle-dish, but Ethan assures her that he can mend the dish that night. Ethan instinctively knows something is not right with Zeena when Jotham Powell refuses to eat with them.