Ethan is a senior at Rawlings College who is drawn to Lizet after they meet at the library. Ethan knows that Lizet has a boyfriend back home, and respects her boundaries; nonetheless, he wants to spend time with her, and invites her to multiple on-campus events, parties, and study sessions. As the two grow closer, a tension develops between them, and yet Lizet denies her feelings for Ethan until it is too late—when he is accepted into a Ph.D. program in Berkeley, California, Lizet is visibly upset, and Ethan is in turn hurt by her inability to be happy for him because of her unvoiced, unresolved feelings. Ethan and Lizet’s relationship ends in an anticlimax, with Ethan heading off to Berkeley with barely a word of goodbye to Lizet. She attempts to repair the relationship via email, but Ethan, it seems, has already moved on.
Ethan Character Timeline in Make Your Home Among Strangers
The timeline below shows where the character Ethan appears in Make Your Home Among Strangers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...and determines that his CD player set the scanner off. The boy introduces himself as Ethan; still dazed and distracted, Lizet does not introduce herself, replying only, “Okay.” Ethan, jokingly calling... (full context)
...in Dr. Kaufmann’s class, and develops a friendly relationship with the professor. She continues attending Ethan’s Happy Hours, and meets some new people as more students start to attend. Meanwhile, Lizet... (full context)
...event took place the summer before Lizet’s third year at Berkeley, where she “inadvertently” followed Ethan to grad school; he was gone, though, by the time she began her studies. She... (full context)