First sentence: ""I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story."
Last sentence: "Ethan might ha' lived; and the way they are now, I don't see's there's much difference between the Fromes up at the farm and the Fromes down in the graveyard; 'cept that down there they're all quiet, and the women have got to hold their tongues."
Ethan Frome is set in a fictional New England town named Starkfield, where an unnamed narrator tells the story of his encounter with Ethan Frome, a man with dreams and desires. The narrator tells the story based on an account from observations at Frome's house when he had to stay there during a winter storm. (you can find a summary of the plot here)
This is a story about the relations between people, negative and positive; a story that end with an ironic turn. Throughout the book there is a tension, and you know from the start on that things are going to end badly. But it is a beautiful story, about love, fate, poverty, lost opportunities, ...
Project Gutenberg Project: http://projectgutenbergproject.blogspot.be/2012/06/guest-review-ethan-frome-by-edith.html
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