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Ethan Frome

The following collection of thematically related readings is available in Ethan Frome and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.

"The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens
(from Collected Poems, © 1923)
Summary: One must have a mind of winter, says this poem, not to feel a chill in the soul, as a cold wind blows across this frozen landscape.

"Desert Places" by Robert Frost
from The Poetry of Robert Frost, © 1936)
Summary: The speaker of this poem ponders which is scarier--the loneliness outside, or the loneliness within.

"The Painted Door" by Sinclair Ross
(from The Lamp at Noon and Other Stories)
Summary: Awaiting her husband's return during a raging winter storm, a lonely, frightened farm wife allows her neighbor Steven to spend the night with her. The next day, the husband is found dead in a snow bank. But what did he see before he died?

"Confessions of a Hypochondriac" by Barbara Graham
(from Vogue, © 1991)
Summary: Is a hypochondriac like Zeena to be pitied, scorned, or dismissed? In this essay, Barbara Graham describes--from the inside--what the condition really feels like.

"Dreams" by Marie G. Lee
(from The Kenyon Review, © 1991)
Summary: In this story, an ordinary man is able to glean the secrets of life in his dreams. When he and his wife are unable to have a child, he wonders whether to take a mistress. Again, his dreams provide an answer.

"Adventure" by Sherwood Anderson
(from Winesburg, Ohio)
Summary: This story tells the tale of a lonely young woman who has reached a moment of truth in her life.

"Mirage" by Christina Rossetti
Summary: This poem shows what happens when a dream turns out to be a mirage.