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Episode 2

Zeena goes away to see a doctor, so Ethan and Mattie are left alone for the first time. Stars Dominic Mafham and Laurel Lefkow.

Zeena goes away to visit a Doctor and Ethan and Mattie are left alone together for the first time.

Ethan Frome ..... Dominic Mafham
Mattie ..... Jessica Raine
Zeena ..... Laurel Lefkow
Andrew Hale ..... Paul Moriarty
Edith Wharton ..... Fenella Woolgar

written by Edith Wharton
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan
Directed by Sally Avens

Ethan Frome is one of Edith Wharton's most enduring and powerful stories. Set against the cold, grey, bleakness of a New England winter. Ethan Frome scrapes a living from his woodlot whilst trapped in an unhappy marriage with his hypochondriac wife, Zeena. A ray of light enters Ethan's life when his wife's cousin Mattie arrives to help. His life is transformed as he falls in love with Mattie but their fate is determined by their circumstances and the stifling conventions of the time.

Ethan Frome was deemed shocking when first published as it appeared to condone infidelity. What many readers did not know was that many of the novella's themes mirrored real events in the life of Edith Wharton. Her own story is told in an accompanying play 'The Jinx Element' which explores her own sexless marriage and a passionate affair that begun when she was 47.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2012.

15 minutes

Last on

Wed 11 Dec 2019 02:30


  • Tue 17 Jan 2012 10:45
  • Tue 17 Jan 2012 19:45
  • Tue 18 Aug 2015 14:30
  • Wed 19 Aug 2015 02:30
  • Tue 15 Aug 2017 14:30
  • Wed 16 Aug 2017 02:30
  • Tue 10 Dec 2019 14:30
  • Wed 11 Dec 2019 02:30

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