Internal Conflict In Wharton's Ethan Frome
He started down the road toward their house, but at the end of a few yards he pulled up sharply, the …show more content…
For the first time, in the light of the words he had just heard, he saw what he was about to do. He was planning to take advantage of the Hales' sympathy to obtain money from them on false pretences. That was a plain statement of the cloudy purpose which had driven him in headlong to Starkfield.
With the sudden perception of the point to which his madness had carried him, the madness fell and he saw his life before him as it was. He was a poor man, the husband of a sickly woman, whom his desertion would leave alone and destitute; and even if he had had the heart to desert her he could have done so only by deceiving two kindly people who had pitied him. (Wharton 60-61) Wharton’s word choice lets the reader gain insight of the imprisoning cage Ethan’s mind is in through his indecisiveness. When she writes, “in the light of the words he had just heard, he saw what he was about to do” Ethan