At the top of School House Hill, they find a sled and go sledding, successfully swerving, just missing the elm tree at the bottom of the hill. After Mattie refuses a ride home with Eady, she and Ethan walk home arm-in-arm.
Ethan invites The Narrator to spend the night at his farmhouse. By the time the snow is gone and things are well it snows again.
Mattie Silver, who lives with Ethan and Zeena as a sort of housekeeper and caregiver to her cousin, is like a breath of fresh air in the otherwise stifling environment of Zeena's incessant criticisms and complaints. The author also compounds the image of a barren wasteland by having the story take place in winter, which in the New England region acts as a crippling force, equivalent to a substantial army besieging a weak defenseless town Starkfield provides a cold, lonely, and dark, isolated atmosphere, allowing the narrator to portray Ethan and his wife Zeena as miserable and feeling trapped.
The plot revolves around a bleak, dark, and barren landscape set in the town of Starkfield, Massachusetts.
He suggests that Jotham Powell, a man who helps out around the Frome farm, drive her to the train station. He tells Mattie that she will have to leave and he kisses her for the first time. But I don't think it's because it's too depressing.
Despite her malicious actions, she creates a justifiable reasoning of her intent