The accident permanently paralyzes Mattie, and she spends the rest of her life in Ethan's home, where Zeena attentively cares for her.
Desperate, Ethan resolves to cheat one of his own clients and friends, Mr.
Hale, by requesting an advance on a lumber shipment that he knows he will not be around to deliver. Hale praises Ethan for his loyalty to Zeena, Ethan is guilt-stricken.
Be Careful What You Wish For: Realizing the true consequences of his plan, Ethan ultimately abandons the idea.
But, reluctant to part with her, he decides to take Mattie to the train station himself.