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Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome
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A level 3 Oxford Bookworms Library graded readers. Retold for Learners of English by Susan Kingsley.

Life is always hard for the poor, in any place and at any time. Ethan Frome is a farmer in Massachusetts. He works long hours every day, but his farm makes very little money. His wife, Zeena, is a thin, grey woman, always complaining, and only interested in her own ill health.

Then Mattie Silver, a young cousin, comes to live with the Fromes, to help Zeena and do the housework. Her bright smile and laughing voice bring light and hope into the Fromes’ house – and into Ethan’s lonely life.

But poverty is a prison from which few people escape…