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hit the elm tree. They go down and hit the tree, hoping that the impact will kill them, because they cannot live apart from each other. However their plan fails and they both live.
The accident leaves both Ethan and Mattie maimed and Zeena is forced to take care of them. Because of Ethan being hurt and Mattie being hurt, Zeena recovers decently enough to help care for them, and she allows Mattie to stay.