Setting : Summer had past and it was winter settling, Nelly was in the parlor with little Catherine on her lap when suddenly someone barged in laughing which made Nelly angry. Later Nelly finds out it was Mrs. Heathcliff who ran away from him.
The paragraph “The intruder was Mrs. Heathcliff. She certainly seemed in no laughing predicament: her hair streamed on her shoulders, dripping with snow and water; she was dressed in the girlish dress she commonly wore, befitting her age more than her position: a low frock with short sleeves, and nothing on either head or neck.
The frock was of light silk, and clung to her with wet, and her feet were protected merely by thin slippers; add to this a deep cut under one ear, which only the cold prevented from bleeding profusely, a white face scratched and bruised, and a frame hardly able to support itself through fatigue; and you may fancy my first fright was not much allayed when I had had leisure to examine her.
” gives us a description of how she was when she arrived at the Grange. We see that she was in a really bad state but still laughing just because she is free from Heathcliff now. We see that she was bruised which makes us see that she must have been beaten at the Heights several times. We see she had a cut under her ear which makes us think what has happened with her at the Heights.
We see that even though she was tired and hurt she would not let Nelly mend her wound before she got what she wanted, a way to travel to Gimmerton as soon as possible so that Heathcliff would not be able to get her, the phrase “She insisted on my fulfilling her directions, before she would let me touch her; and not till after the coachman had been instructed to get ready, and a maid set to pack up some necessary attire, did I obtain her consent for binding the wound and helping to change her garments.
” shows us how she was worried about Heathcliff will find her at the Grange and she needs to travel to Gimmerton as soon as possible.
The phrase “I’ll smash it!’ she continued, striking it with childish spite, ‘and then I’ll burn it!’ and she took and dropped the misused article among the coals.” shows us that Isabella now just doesn’t want to be in Heathcliff’s life. The person who she loved or had been attracted towards was now the receiver of her hatred. This part can be taken as a symbol which represents that there is no more connection between Heathcliff and Isabella, now they both are apart and have no connection.
On the other hand the line “I’ll smash it!’ she continued, striking it with childish spite, ‘and then I’ll burn it!’ and she took and dropped the misused article among the coals. ‘There! he shall buy another, if he gets me back again.” gives us a feel that Heathcliff will get isabella again, we can sense that Heathcliff will reach Isabella in some way or will someday find her.
The phrase “’I ought, and I wished to remain,’ answered she, ‘to cheer Edgar and take care of the baby, for two things, and because the Grange is my right home. But I tell you he wouldn’t let me!” shows how much Isabella wished to stay at the Grange and be happy with Edgar and Catherine but she could not do this because of Heathcliff.
This all gives us a feel that she is like a bird who has flew away from her cage. This all tries to make the reader feel sad for Isabella but to me i do not feel that bad because this all is a result of what Isabella chose herself. We should not forget that this life was chosen by Isabella herself against the will of Edgar.
The phrase “I’ve recovered from my first desire to be killed by him: I’d rather he’d kill himself! He has extinguished my love effectually, and so I’m at my ease.” shows us that now the love once she had for Heathcliff is gone and now she feels nothing for her now and would not feel sad but rather happy that she is free from him forever.
Later in the chapter Isabella tells us that Heathcliff has been behaving very strange after Catherine’s death. He does not stay at the Heights much, whenever he comes to the Heights he just goes into a room locks himself and prays which we can easily assure to be the prayers for Catherine’s ghost to remain with him forever.
Later we see that Isabella tells us that she had nothing to do except roam around the house or talk to the old rude Joseph. The phrase “I recovered spirits sufficient to bear Joseph’s eternal lectures without weeping, and to move up and down the house less with the foot of a frightened thief than formerly.” shows us that she somehow managed to stand Josephs long lectures, perhaps who was the only one she could talk to at Wuthering Heights.
The line “ He is quieter now than he used to be, if no one provokes him: more sullen and depressed, and less furious.” where Isabella is telling Nelly that Mr. Earnshaw is now less furious and more reserved shows us that he also now has no one to be with and talk to.
Later we see that one day when everything was quiet at the heights and Isabella and Hindley were sitting silently Heathcliff arrived in a rage. Suddenly things got heated up and Mr. Earnshaw soon made his mind to shoot Heathcliff today, Isabella tried to stop him but it did not work, then she tried warning Heathcliff before opening the door but it was no use. Both men were eager to tear each other apart and rampage at each other.
The phrase “’You, and I,” he said, “have each a great debt to settle with the man out yonder! If we were neither of us cowards, we might combine to discharge it. Are you as soft as your brother? Are you willing to endure to the last, and not once attempt a repayment?” in which we see that Mr. Earnshaw was telling Isabella that he will take revenge from Heathcliff today and Isabella too have a debt to settle with him. He taunts Isabella that is she so weak like her brother or will she help Hindley to take his revenge alongside taking hers. Though Isabella tells him that she is not scared or weak and would love to take her revenge but she does not believe that violence can take her revenge and says that it harms the person who uses it more than the person aimed on.
Finally when Hindley walked towards the door to harm Heathcliff Isabella jumped towards him to snatch his weapon and Heathcliff quickly pulled the knife from him with brutal force which caused Mr. Earnshaw’s hand to have a huge cut on his wrist. This all was terrible, poor Mr. Earnshaw were getting beaten up in a savage way. Isabella witnessing all this ran to get Joseph who came down saying “’What is ther to do, now? what is ther to do, now?” which shows us that Joseph thought there is no use now going down as Hindley would have already been killed or almost killed. We see that when Joseph came down, Heathcliff screamed on Joseph to clean his master and that Heathcliff will send Hindley to a asylum.
Later Isabella started telling how she wishes to take revenge from Heathcliff, but she knows she can never have her revenge so will never forgive him. The line “But it is utterly impossible I can ever be revenged, and therefore I cannot forgive him.” shows us that even she knows it is impossible for her to take revenge on Heathcliff but if she could she would love to.
The next day when Mr. Earnshaw was sitting in his chair all bruised and battered while talking to Isabella he said “Oh, if God would but give me strength to strangle him in my last agony, I’d go to hell with joy,” groaned the impatient man, writhing to rise, and sinking back in despair, convinced of his inadequacy for the struggle.”. From which we saw that the only thing he wants to do before he dies is to kill Heathcliff and take his revenge. We see that he does not mind if he goes to hell by killing Heathcliff but his desire to kill Heathcliff is very strong.
The phrase “”At the Grange, every one knows your sister would have been living now had it not been for Mr. Heathcliff. After all, it is preferable to be hated than loved by him. When I recollect how happy we were–how happy Catherine was before he came–I’m fit to curse the day.”
‘Most likely, Heathcliff noticed more the truth of what was said, than the spirit of the person who said it. His attention was roused, I saw, for his eyes rained down tears among the ashes, and he drew his breath in suffocating sighs. I stared full at him, and laughed scornfully.” shows us that when Isabella says that things were blissful at the Grange before Heathcliff came made Heathcliff pay attention to what she was saying. When she mentioned that Catherine was very happy before Heathcliff came and might as well be alive if he did not enter their lives again made Heathcliff break down into tears. We can assure that Heathcliff might have felt sorry for what he caused but again we can not be sure about it as Heathcliff still does not want Catherine’s ghost to rest in peace. Though we know the reason behind Heathcliff wanting this is that he loved her a lot and does not want her to leave him in this world alone. So moreover we can take this all as a really tormented scene where Emily Bronte might have wanted to play with the readers mind. It makes the reader wonder that is Heathcliff feeling sorry for what he did and if it really is like this then why is he still not letting everyone live in peace.
Later in the scene we saw that listening to all this made Heathcliff ferocious, he got up and threw a table knife at Isabella which resulted in the cut under her ear. To this Isabella started running out of the house, Heathcliff tried to get her but tripped over Hindley who was standing in front of him. This is the last thing Isabella saw at the Heights of Heathcliff and ran all the way to the heights.
The line “And far rather would I be condemned to a perpetual dwelling in the infernal regions than, even for one night, abide beneath the roof of Wuthering Heights again.” is where we see that Isabella would prefer suffering in a forest rather than spending one more night at Wuthering Heights.
The phrase “I believe her new abode was in the south, near London; there she had a son born a few months subsequent to her escape. He was christened Linton, and, from the first, she reported him to be an ailing, peevish creature.” shows us that Isabella went towards London and gave birth to Linton who she raised in a good manner.
The line “He often asked about the infant, when he saw me; and on hearing its name, smiled grimly, and observed: ‘They wish me to hate it too, do they?” shows us that Heathcliff perhaps cared for the boy and the part where he says that do they want me to hate him too because his name is Linton adds a bit of fun to the line, it shows us that he still hates the Lintons which leads to Edgar and Isabella too but yet does not hate they boy. The line “But I’ll have it,’ he said, ‘when I want it. They may reckon on that!” is when wee see that Heathcliff has his mind set that he will get to Linton when he wants to.
The line “Fortunately its mother died before the time arrived; some thirteen years after the decease of Catherine, when Linton was twelve, or a little more.” tells us that after Isabella ran away she never had to see Heathcliff again though we now know that once she died Heathcliff got to Linton when he was around 12 or more.
The paragraph “When I could get him to listen, I saw it pleased him that his sister had left her husband; whom he abhorred with an intensity which the mildness of his nature would scarcely seem to allow. So deep and sensitive was his aversion, that he refrained from going anywhere where he was likely to see or hear of Heathcliff. Grief, and that together, transformed him into a complete hermit: he threw up his office of magistrate, ceased even to attend church, avoided the village on all occasions, and spent a life of entire seclusion within the limits of his park and grounds; only varied by solitary rambles on the moors, and visits to the grave of his wife, mostly at evening, or early morning before other wanderers were abroad. But he was too good to be thoroughly unhappy long. _He_ didn’t pray for Catherine’s soul to haunt him. Time brought resignation, and a melancholy sweeter than common joy. He recalled her memory with ardent, tender love, and hopeful aspiring to the better world; where he doubted not she was gone.” has a lot in it. We see that the next day after Isabella ran away when Edgar came to know about it he was pleased that his sister is free from the captured she was living with Heathcliff. We see that Nelly tells us that to avoid Heathcliff he lived in complete solitude not even going to the church. Though we see he sometimes paid visit to Catherine’s grave and few times went to the moors. Once again we see that unlike Heathcliff edgar accepted Catherine’s death and was not sad for a long time, he joyed himself by remembering the happy memories they had and knew that she would be comfortable in heaven.
Later we see that Hindley died not long after the death of catherine, Nelly tells us that it was hardly 6 months after Catherine’s death that Mr. Earnshaw passed away. The phrase “He died true to his character: drunk as a lord. Poor lad! I’m sorry, too. One can’t help missing an old companion: though he had the worst tricks with him that ever man imagined, and has done me many a rascally turn. He’s barely twenty-seven, it seems; that’s your own age: who would have thought you were born in one year?” tells us that Mr. Earnshaw died totally drunk and besides this we see that he was a good friend on Nelly and we now see that she is the same age as Mr. Earnshaw.
The phrase “I confess this blow was greater to me than the shock of Mrs. Linton’s death: ancient associations lingered round my heart; I sat down in the porch and wept as for a blood relation, desiring Mr. Kenneth to get another servant to introduce him to the master.” tells us that Nelly felt more sad after the death of Hindley then after the death of Isabella.
Later we see she asks Edgar is she can go to the Heights to carry the after death duties of her former master, Edgar refused by after a while of Nelly persuasion and reminding him of his duties towards Hereton and the Heights he allowed Nelly to go with his lawyer.
We find out that Mr. Earnshaw died in debt and the only way we can perhaps keep the Heights for Hereton is by having mercy from the creditor. The phrase “His father died in debt,’ he said; ‘the whole property is mortgaged, and the sole chance for the natural heir is to allow him an opportunity of creating some interest in the creditor’s heart, that he may be inclined to deal leniently towards him.” shows us that the Heights is mortgaged and and it would not be Hereton’s after the death of Hindley.
The phrase “Correctly,’ he remarked, ‘that fool’s body should he buried at the cross-roads, without ceremony of any kind. I happened to leave him ten minutes yesterday afternoon, and in that interval he fastened the two doors of the house against me, and he has spent the night in drinking himself to death deliberately! We broke in this morning, for we heard him sporting like a horse; and there he was, laid over the settle: flaying and scalping would not have wakened him. I sent for Kenneth, and he came; but not till the beast had changed into carrion: he was both dead and cold, and stark; and so you’ll allow it was useless making more stir about him!” shows us that Heathcliff did not want to have a funeral for Hindley, he wanted him to be buried at the cross roads without any ceremony. He tells us how Mr. Earnshaw died, he locked himself in a room and drank until dead.
Lastly the phrase “The guest was now the master of Wuthering Heights: he held firm possession, and proved to the attorney–who, in his turn, proved it to Mr. Linton–that Earnshaw had mortgaged every yard of land he owned for cash to supply his mania for gaming; and he, Heathcliff, was the mortgagee. In that manner Hareton, who should now be the first gentleman in the neighbourhood, was reduced to a state of complete dependence on his father’s inveterate enemy; and lives in his own house as a servant, deprived of the advantage of wages: quite unable to right himself, because of his friendlessness, and his ignorance that he has been wronged.” tells us that this sis how Heathcliff got control over the Heights and how young Hereton ended up being a servant at the place he was supposed to own.
Volume 2 Chapter 4
Setting: It has now been 12 years since Catherine’s death and Nelly tells us that these 12 years were the happiest of her life. The line “The twelve years, continued Mrs. Dean, following that dismal period were the happiest of my life” tells us that she had less troubles as all she had to do was to look after young Cathy. The biggest problem she faced was the illnesses Cathy suffered which were not serious, these illnesses were which every child used to suffer at that period of time in England.
We get a description of how Cathy looked. The phrase “She was the most winning thing that ever brought sunshine into a desolate house: a real beauty in face, with the Earnshaw’s handsome dark eyes, but the Lintons’ fair skin and small features, and yellow curling hair. Her spirit was high, though not rough, and qualified by a heart sensitive and lively to excess in its affections. That capacity for intense attachments reminded me of her mother: still she did not resemble her: for she could be soft and mild as a dove, and she had a gentle voice and pensive expression: her anger was never furious; her love never fierce: it was deep and tender.” tells us that she grew up to be a very pretty girl with mixed features of the Lintons and the Earnshaws. Nelly tells us that she was a cheerful girl with a sensitive heart. Nelly mentions her capacity for strong attachments with people like her mother had with Heathcliff though Nelly tells us that she did not remind her of Catherine as Cathy was soft and mild and never had a furious anger like her mother.
We later see that Cathy’s education was taken care by Mr. Linton himself. The phrase “He took her education entirely on himself, and made it an amusement. Fortunately, curiosity and a quick intellect made her an apt scholar: she learned rapidly and eagerly, and did honour to his teaching.” shows us that Cathy enjoyed learning and quickly learned a lot from her father. The part where Nelly said and did honour to his teaching tells us that she became a well educated person. So overall wee see she was a pretty girl who is well educated to suite the Linton family.
The phrase “Till she reached the age of thirteen she had not once been beyond the range of the park by herself. Mr. Linton would take her with him a mile or so outside, on rare occasions; but he trusted her to no one else. Gimmerton was an unsubstantial name in her ears; the chapel, the only building she had approached or entered, except her own home. Wuthering Heights and Mr. Heathcliff did not exist for her: she was a perfect recluse; and, apparently, perfectly contented.” tells us that Mr. Linton kept Cathy isolated from the rest of the society especially The Heights. We come to know that she never went outside the fences of the Grange without Mr. Linton and the only place she had been to is the chapel.
Later we see that Edgar received a letter from Isabella stating her illness and wish to meet him before she dies so that she can tell him a final goodbye and hand Linton safely into his hands. Edgar did not hesitate in responding to this letter, he immediately set off to see Isabella and gave strict orders to Nelly to not let Cathy go out of the Grange even with her.
We see that during the three weeks Edgar was gone, Cathy found a opportunity to escape the Grange boundaries. The line “I saw her at morn,’ he replied: ‘she would have me to cut her a hazel switch, and then she leapt her Galloway over the hedge yonder, where it is lowest, and galloped out of sight.” in which a laborer tells us that he saw Miss Cathy jumping the Grange fence with her pony vanishing in a few seconds in reply to Nelly inquiry.
The phrase “You may guess how I felt at hearing this news. It struck me directly she 7ymust have started for Penistone Crags. ‘What will become of her?’ I ejaculated, pushing through a gap which the man was repairing, and making straight to the high-road. I walked as if for a wager, mile after mile, till a turn brought me in view of the Heights; but no Catherine could I detect, far or near. The Crags lie about a mile and a half beyond Mr. Heathcliff’s place, and that is four from the Grange, so I began to fear night would fall ere I could reach them. ‘And what if she should have slipped in clambering among them,’ I reflected, ‘and been killed, or broken some of her bones?’ My suspense was truly painful; and, at first, it gave me delightful relief to observe, in hurrying by the farmhouse, Charlie, the fiercest of the pointers, lying under a window, with swelled head and bleeding ear.” tells us that Nelly was getting very worried thinking what things could have happened to little Cathy. Nelly came to the Heights which was on the way to the Peninstone Crags. Though fortunately Nelly spotted Charlie, one of the pointers. Charlie was lying under the window with swelled head and a bleed ear. This made things a bit tense because it makes us wonder why is Charlie in this state and if Charlie is hurt like this what about young Cathy? This all builds up suspense for the reader and in addition to all this there is a excitement in this scene due to the fact that Cathy is at Wuthering Heights, the place her dad wanted Cathy never to visit.
Later the phrase “I entered, and beheld my stray lamb seated on the hearth, rocking herself
in a little chair that had been her mother’s when a child. Her hat was hung against the wall, and she seemed perfectly at home, laughing and chattering, in the best spirits imaginable, to Hareton–now a great, strong lad of eighteen–who stared at her with considerable curiosity and astonishment: comprehending precious little of the fluent succession of remarks and questions which her tongue never ceased pouring forth.” tells us that when Nelly entered the Heights she saw Cathy happily rocking in a chair which belonged to her mother when she was young. Cathy was chatting with Hereton who now turned to be a young handsome lad of 18.
The paragraph “Put that hat on, and home at once,’ said I. ‘I’m dreadfully grieved at you, Miss Cathy: you’ve done extremely wrong! It’s no use pouting and crying: that won’t repay the trouble I’ve had, scouring the country after you. To think how Mr. Linton charged me to keep you in; and you stealing off so! It shows you are a cunning little fox, and nobody will put faith in you any more.” show us that how angry Nelly got finding Cathy at the Heights happily sitting on the chair, and how Nelly got so worried walking all around England finding her. Nelly tells her that now no one will trust her as she broke Nelly’s faith.
Later we witness that Cathy does not wish to leave so early without Hereton and the paragraph “I picked up her hat, and approached to reinstate it; but perceiving that the people of the house took her part, she commenced capering round the room; and on my giving chase, ran like a mouse over and under and behind the furniture, rendering it ridiculous for me to pursue. Hareton and the woman laughed, and she joined them, and waxed more impertinent still; till I cried, in great irritation,–‘Well, Miss Cathy, if you were aware whose house this is you’d be glad enough to get out.” tells us how Cathy irritated Nelly to a point where Nelly could not stop screaming at her, when Nelly screams you would be glad to get out of here if you knew whose house this is shows us that Nelly knew that if Heathcliff was there it could have been a huge mess.
Moving on we see that when Cathy realizes that Hereton’s dad does not own the Heights she assumes he is a servant and orders him to get her pony. The phrase “Now, get my horse,’ she said, addressing her unknown kinsman as she would one of the stable-boys at the Grange. ‘And you may come with me. I want to see where the goblin-hunter rises in the marsh, and to hear about the _fairishes_, as you call them: but make haste! What’s the matter? Get my horse, I say.’
‘I’ll see thee damned before I be _thy_ servant!’ growled the lad.
‘You’ll see me _what_!’ asked Catherine in surprise.
‘Damned–thou saucy witch!’ he replied.
‘There, Miss Cathy! you see you have got into pretty company,’ I interposed. ‘Nice words to be used to a young lady! Pray don’t begin to dispute with him. Come, let us seek for Minny ourselves, and begone.” shows us that how when Cathy ordered Hereton to get her horse in a rude manner treating him as a servant at the grange made him angry and he could not stand without telling her a few rude words. To this Nelly took a opportunity to get back on Cathy and told her in a teasing manner to look at what company she has got herself. Nelly tells her to leave him and get her horse themselves and leave for the Grange immediately.
Although to this Cathy got so shocked by Hereton’s behavior and in anger and despair shouted at the maid to get her pony and dog. To this the maid replied in a polite manner and told Cathy to be civil. In addition to this the maid told Cathy that Hereton is her cousin which made Cathy really sad and angry thinking how could a person like Hereton be her cousin. We can say this because of the phrase “Oh, Ellen! don’t let them say such things,’ she pursued in great trouble. ‘Papa is gone to fetch my cousin from London: my cousin is a gentleman’s son. That my–‘ she stopped, and wept outright; upset at the bare notion of relationship with such a clown.” in which we see Cathy started weeping how could Hereton be her cousin.
Later on we get a explanation why Hereton is this way. Nelly tells us that he had built a strong body and good features but Heathcliff never gave him a chance to be educated. His clothes were dirty because of the jobs he had to do at the Heights. Nelly tells us that however bad Hereton behaved or cursed Heathcliff never tried to correct him which resulted in him being this way.
Lastly they departed for the Grange, the phrase “Then the language he had held to her rankled in
her heart; she who was always ‘love,’ and ‘darling,’ and ‘queen,’ and ‘angel,’ with everybody at the Grange, to be insulted so shockingly by a stranger! She did not comprehend it; and hard work I had to obtain a promise that she would not lay the grievance before her father. I explained how he objected to the whole household at the Heights, and how sorry he would be to find she had been there; but I insisted most on the fact, that if she revealed my negligence of his orders, he would perhaps be so angry that I should have to leave; and Cathy couldn’t bear that prospect: she pledged her word, and kept it for my sake. After all, shewas a sweet little girl.” tells us that Cathy was really hurt being insulted like this by a stranger as at the Grange she was cherished and always treated like a queen. We see that nelly tried her best to persuade Cathy not to inform her dad about this incidence and she succeeded in her deed by saying that if Cathy informs her dad about this it might even result in Nelly being fired.
Volume 2 Chapter 5
Setting : A letter arrived from Edgar stating that Isabella died. Edgar ordered Nelly to prepare a room for Linton who was coming with Edgar to the Grange. Cathy was ecstatic with the idea of welcoming her father and meeting her “real” cousin. Isabella death had no significant affect over her, all she had at that time was excitement to see her father and meet her cousin Linton.
The paragraph “Linton is just six months younger than I am,’ she chattered, as we strolled leisurely over the swells and hollows of mossy turf, under shadow of the trees. ‘How delightful it will be to have him for a playfellow! Aunt Isabella sent papa a beautiful lock of his hair; it was lighter than mine–more flaxen, and quite as fine. I have it carefully preserved in a little glass box; and I’ve often thought what a pleasure it would be to see its owner. Oh! I am happy–and papa, dear, dear papa! Come, Ellen, let us run! come, run.” shows us how excited Cathy is about meeting Linton. She is already thinking about playing with him and how he looks imagining it by his hair she has. We see that she could not wait for them to arrive and makes Nelly run with her towards the gate of the Grange.
We see that when they arrived Mr. Linton got down of the carriage and Cathy ran towards him and both hugged each other. While this was going on Nelly peeked into the carriage to see Linton, Nelly tells us that he looked just like Mr. Linton except weaker and a peevish look.
Nelly was told to leave the boy alone as he was tired after the trip and Edgar took Cathy with him to have a talk with her. Mr. Linton said “Now, darling,’ said Mr. Linton, addressing his daughter, as they halted at the bottom of the front steps: ‘your cousin is not so strong or so merry as you are, and he has lost his mother, remember, a very short time since; therefore, don’t expect him to play and run about with you directly. And don’t harass him much by talking: let him be quiet this evening, at least, will you?” which shows us that Mr. Linton told his daughter to be cautious with Linton as he is weaker and has suffered a huge loss recently. This gives us a little hint that perhaps the plans that Cathy made of finding a playmate in Linton might not be completely satisfied.
Moving on wee see that when Mr. Linton took Linton out of the carriage and told him to be cheerful and please himself in anyway possible the young boy said “Let me go to bed, then,’ answered the boy, shrinking from Catherine’s salute; and he put his fingers to remove incipient tears.” which shows us that the boy wanted to do nothing cheerful and was still crying. To which Isabella reacted in a very sad way. We can say this because of the phrase “I do not know whether it was sorrow for him, but his cousin put on as sad a countenance as himself, and returned to her father. All three entered, and mounted to the library, where tea was laid ready. I proceeded to remove Linton’s cap and mantle, and placed him on a chair by the table; but he was no sooner seated than he began to cry afresh. My master inquired what was the matter.” in which Nelly tells us that she could not make out if the sorrow on Cathy’s face was real or not but from this we can make out that Cathy turned sad seeing Linton in such sadness. In addition to this if we go back in earlier chapters we see that earlier Nelly herself told us that Cathy was a very sensitive girl which makes us believe that her sorrow was real.
Later we see that when Cathy and Linton were together at tea Cathy could not control herself and ended up playing with Linton. Which pleased Linton, seeing them both play Edgar and Nelly were pleased and Edgar told Nelly that they will do fine if they could keep Linton. Which immediately makes us think that could it be that this weak boy will go to Wuthering Heights? Though we know that this boy ended up there as we saw when Mr. Lockwood visited the Heights so the question becomes how will this weak boy live at the Heights with Heathcliff, Hereton and Joseph.
Moving on we see that when Linton was set off to bed and Nelly was setting Mr. Linton’s bed a maid came and told her that someone wants to see Mr. Linton. The phrase “I shall ask him what he wants first,’ I said, in considerable trepidation. ‘A very unlikely hour to be troubling people, and the instant they have returned from a long journey. I don’t think the master can see him.” shows us that Nelly was not happy by the news of that visitor. It also gives the readers a hint that the visitor is not going to bring forward a happy scene. Once again the readers are caught up in a suspense in the book thinking who could it be? Is it Heathcliff who has come to take Linton?
We witness that it is Joseph and has come with a strong desire to see Mr. Linton even after Nelly trying to send him back Joseph rudely barges into all the rooms trying to find Mr. Linton. Seeing this Nelly went to the library to inform Mr. Linton about this not welcomed visitor who followed Nelly into the library and rushed in to talk to Mr. Linton.
The phrase “Edgar Linton was silent a minute; an expression of exceeding sorrow overcast his features: he would have pitied the child on his own account; but, recalling Isabella’s hopes and fears, and anxious wishes for her son, and her commendations of him to his care, he grieved bitterly at the prospect of yielding him up, and searched in his heart how it might be avoided. No plan offered itself: the very exhibition of any desire to keep him would have rendered the claimant more peremptory: there was nothing left but to resign him. However, he was not going to rouse him from his sleep.” tells us that when Joseph told him that Heathcliff sent him to take Linton to the Heights and Joseph won’t leave without him made Edgar sad for a moment. We see that Edgar within himself felt pitty for the boy imagining what will happen to the poor lad at the Heights. Though later remembering Isabella last wish to keep Linton with her brother Edgar made him think of something which could allow him to keep Linton at the Grange. We see that Edgar could not think of any way he could keep poor Linton with him and the only option he had was to give the child to Joseph but Edgar did not want to wake the poor sole from his sleep.
To which Joseph replied by saying “Noa!’ said Joseph, giving a thud with his prop on the floor, and
assuming an authoritative air. ‘Noa! that means naught. Hathecliff maks noa ‘count o’ t’ mother, nor ye norther; but he’ll heu’ his lad; und I mun tak’ him–soa now ye knaw!” by which we can see that how determined Joseph was to take Linton with him today itself. We could easily see that his power came from Heathcliff perhaps due to fear of Heathcliff.
Though the phrase “You shall not to-night!’ answered Linton decisively. ‘Walk down stairs at once, and repeat to your master what I have said. Ellen, show him down. Go–‘
And, aiding the indignant elder with a lift by the arm, he rid the room of him and closed the door.
‘Varrah weell!’ shouted Joseph, as he slowly drew off. ‘To-morn, he’s come hisseln, and thrust _him_ out, if ye darr!” shows us that Edgar took control of something for the first time, the Edgar who Catherine told as weak now handled this issue and closed it to keep Linton for the night. Though now we know that poor Linton has to go the Heights and face the cruelty there on his weak sole.
Volume 2 Chapter 6
Setting: Edgar did not want to suffer the consequences of not keeping his word. He sent Linton with Nelly on Cathy’s pony early in the morning.
We see that Linton was never told he had a father, the line “My father!’ he cried, in strange perplexity. ‘Mamma never told me I had a father. Where does he live? I’d rather stay with uncle.” shows us that Isabella never told Linton about Heathcliff which shows us that she never wanted Linton to be with Heathcliff. In addition to this the part where Linton says he would rather prefer staying with his uncle makes us think that he is saying this because his mother might have talked to him about Edgar before but never his father.
The phrase “And why didn’t mamma speak to me about him?’ persevered the child. ‘She often talked of uncle, and I learnt to love him long ago. How am I to love papa? I don’t know him.” supports our point made earlier that Linton was told about his uncle Edgar but never told about his father Heathcliff. The part where he asks how is he supposed to love his father now makes us think that will Heathcliff behave well with Linton, does he truly want Linton because he loves him or he wants Linton for some other reason.
Later the phrase “The poor thing was finally got off, with several delusive assurances that his absence should be short: that Mr. Edgar and Cathy would visit him, and other promises, equally ill-founded, which I invented and reiterated at intervals throughout the way. The pure heather-scented air, the bright sunshine, and the gentle canter of Minny, relieved his despondency after a while. He began to put questions concerning his new home, and its inhabitants, with greater interest and liveliness.” shows us that the boy did not wish to leave the Grange, Edgar and Nelly had to tell him several lies to persuade him to get off bed and get ready. Which makes the readers feel sad that the poor boy is being sent at the Heights against his wish and against his mothers wish as we know. Tough later this phrase tells us that after some time he became excited about his new house and the people there but we should not forget this is Nelly narrating the story and we do not know if it is true. It could be that the boy never wanted to leave the Grange but Nelly and Edgar made him leave.
Later we see when Heathcliff finds out that Isabella never mentioned about him to Linton he says “No! What a shame of your mother, never to waken your filial regard for me! You are my son, then, I’ll tell you; and your mother was a wicked slut to leave you in ignorance of the sort of father you possessed. Now, don’t wince, and colour up! Though it is something to see you have not white blood. Be a good lad; and I’ll do for you. Nelly, if you be tired you may sit down; if not, get home again. I guess you’ll report what you hear and see to the cipher at the Grange; and this thing won’t be settled while you linger about it.” which shows how he abuses Isabella for never telling Linton about his father. Though he then tells Linton to be a good boy and Heathcliff tells Nelly to leave in a rude way saying that he knows whatever Nelly sees here she is going to report it to Edgar.
Lastly the phrase “Don’t leave me! I’ll not stay here! I’ll not stay here!’ Then the latch was raised and fell: they did not suffer him to come forth. I mounted Minny, and urged her to a trot; and so my brief guardianship ended.” shows us that when Nelly was leaving the Heights poor Linton wanted her to take him back to the Grange and ran after her but fell. This shows the readers that things are not going to be good for Linton at the Heights and makes them feel sad for the poor boy.
Volume 2 Chapter 7
Setting : Cathy woke up and did not stop crying finding that Linton is gone. She was is such great sadness that Edgar himself had to calm her down by telling her that he would bring Linton back if it is possible.
The phrase “When I chanced to encounter the housekeeper of Wuthering Heights, in paying business visits to Gimmerton, I used to ask how the young master got on; for he lived almost as secluded as Catherine herself, and was never to be seen. I could gather from her that he continued in weak health, and was a tiresome inmate. She said Mr. Heathcliff seemed to dislike him ever longer and worse, though he took some trouble to conceal it: he had an antipathy to the sound of his voice, and could not do at all with his sitting in the same room with him many minutes together. There seldom passed much talk between them: Linton learnt his lessons and spent his evenings in a small apartment they called the parlour: or else lay in bed all day: for he was constantly getting coughs, and colds, and aches, and pains of some sort.” shows us that Heathcliff did not love Linton. He could not even stand being in the same room with Linton for a long time. We see that Linton got weaker and weaker and his health kept de-proving.
We see that both Nelly and Edgar worried for poor Linton, the phrase “I divined, from this account, that utter lack of sympathy had rendered young Heathcliff selfish and disagreeable, if he were not so originally; and my interest in him, consequently, decayed: though still I was moved with a sense of grief at his lot, and a wish that he had been left with us. Mr. Edgar encouraged me to gain information: he thought a great deal about him, I fancy, and would have run some risk to see him; and he told me once to ask the housekeeper whether he ever came into the village? She said he had only been twice, on horseback, accompanying his father; and both times he pretended to be quite knocked up for three or four days afterwards” shows us that Edgar often told Nelly to ask the housekeeper at the Heights about Linton. We see that both of them wished Linton could stay at the Grange but were powerless against Heathcliff. This all builds up hatred towards Heathcliff for the readers as he treated Isabella in such a cruel way and now he is treating the poor weak Linton in the same cruel way.
Later we see in that when Cathy turned sixteen and went to the moors near the Heights she was caught by Heathcliff as a poacher. Heathcliff invited them to the Heights which shocks the readers and make them think what might be going in Heathcliff’s brain to invite Cathy and Nelly to the Heights.
We see that Heathcliff tells his plan to Nelly, “My design is as honest as possible. I’ll inform you of its whole scope,’ he said. ‘That the two cousins may fall in love, and get married. I’m acting generously to your master: his young chit has no expectations, and should she second my wishes she’ll be provided for at once as joint successor with Linton.” shows us that Heathcliff had a plan to gain control over the property of the Lintons. We see that now he wanted to use Linton as a way to get the ownership of the grange and we can immediately make out that he succeeded as he now owned the Grange and the Heights both.
Later we see when Cathy finds out why Edgar does not want her to visit the Heights, Cathy agrees but is sad that she promised Linton to meet him but can’t go. The line “I’m not crying for myself, Ellen,” she answered, “it’s for him. He expected to see me again to-morrow, and there he’ll be so disappointed: and he’ll wait for me, and I shan’t come!” shows us how Cathy loves Linton and cares so much about his feelings. We see that they both started exchanging love letter but when Nelly found out about this she threatened Cathy to stop and Cathy sadly agreed.
Volume 2 Chapter 8
Setting: Summer was close to its end and Mr. Linton and Cathy frequently were gone out in the moors to have a walk. Unfortunately Mr. Linton caught a bad cold and were forced to stay indoors throughout the winter.
Nelly tells us in the starting of the chapter that after Mr. Linton got sick and were indoors all the time Cathy became lonely. The phrase “She had his companionship no longer; I esteemed it a duty to supply its lack, as much as possible, with mine: an inefficient substitute; for I could only spare two or three hours, from my numerous diurnal occupations, to follow her footsteps, and then my society was obviously less desirable than his.” tells us that Nelly tried to fill in the gap for Mr. Linton but was unable to due to her duties in the house and the fact that she could not take Mr. Linton’s place for Cathy.
We see that Cathy grew sad missing her dad and thinking that he might die and leave her alone. Nelly tried a lot to comfort her by diverting her mind but was not relatively successful.
The phrase “Oh, it will be something worse,’ she said. ‘And what shall I do when papa and you leave me, and I am by myself? I can’t forget your words, Ellen; they are always in my ear. How life will be changed, how dreary the world will be, when papa and you are dead.” shows us that Cathy was afraid that the cold could turn into something worse and she feared her life after Mr. Linton and Nelly would be gone. If we link back to the earlier chapters in one of the chapters when Nelly was describing Isabella’s illness she says that both Edgar and Isabella had illnesses which started slow and small which slowly killed them from inside. So this gives us a early warning that Edgar is going to die soon and then poor Cathy will be left in care of Nelly.
The phrase “I fret about nothing on earth except papa’s illness,’ answered my companion. ‘I care for nothing in comparison with papa. And I’ll never–never–oh, never, while I have my senses, do an act or say a word to vex him. I love him better than myself, Ellen; and I know it by this: I pray every night that I may live after him; because I would rather be miserable than that he should be: that proves I love him better than myself.” tells us how much love Cathy has for her father. The part where she says that she prays she lives longer than her father just because she would prefer her to be miserable rather than Mr. Linton being miserable on her death.
We see that when Cathy gets stuck behind a locked door Heathcliff approaches to her and says “You especially, the elder; and less sensitive, as it turns out. I’ve got your letters, and if you give me any pertness I’ll send them to your father. I presume you grew weary of the amusement and dropped it, didn’t you? Well, you dropped Linton with it into a Slough of Despond. He was in earnest: in love, really. As true as I live, he’s dying for you; breaking his heart at your fickleness: not figuratively, but actually.” which shows us how Heathcliff is trying to play with Cathy’s feelings. We have seen it earlier that Cathy is very sensitive and now Heathcliff is trying to make her visit the Heights by blackmailing her and making her feel that Linton’s illness is due to her breaking his heart. We see how cunning Heathcliff is, taking this opportunity when poor Cathy is locked inside the door and Nelly cant get her out.
Lastly the phrase “What use were anger and protestations against her silly credulity? We parted that night–hostile; but next day beheld me on the road to Wuthering Heights, by the side of my willful young mistress’s pony. I couldn’t bear to witness her sorrow: to see her pale, dejected countenance, and heavy eyes: and I yielded, in the faint hope that Linton himself might prove, by his reception of us, how little of the tale was founded on fact.” tells us that after Cathy came at the Grange she cried heavily and persuaded Nelly to go with her to the Heights tomorrow to see Linton. Nelly says she agreed seeing the poor girl in such sorrow which again shows us how sensitive Cathy is.
Volume 2 Chapter 9
Setting: It was a wet morning and Cathy and Nelly went to the Heights to see Linton. They did not find Heathcliff there as for his words. We see that only Joseph is there with Linton, Linton is continuously calling Joseph to relight the fire in his room but Joseph keeps ignoring his shouts.
We see that Linton tells Cathy that she should have come to visit him earlier. He tells her that all that letter writing made him terribly tired and now he neither can write nor talk. We can say this because of the phrase “Why didn’t you come before?’ he asked. ‘You should have come, instead of writing. It tired me dreadfully writing those long letters. I’d far rather have talked to you. Now, I can neither bear to talk, nor anything else.” which shows how he complains that Cathy did not come to see him earlier.
We see that when Linton tells her that if Cathy was his wife she would have loved him more than Mr. Linton to which cathy replies by saying “No, I should never love anybody better than papa,’ she returned gravely. ‘And people hate their wives, sometimes; but not their sisters and brothers: and if you were the latter, you would live with us, and papa would be as fond of you as he is of me.” which shows us that Cathy loves no one more than her Father. In addition to this we get a feel that she knows something about the past which is why she says that people hate their wives.
We see that they both start quarreling about this and Cathy tells Linton that Heathcliff hated his mother (Isabella). This made Linton angry and he told Cathy that her mother did not love her father instead loved Mr. Heathcliff.
We see that all this made Cathy angry and the phrase “Cathy, beside herself, gave the chair a violent push, and caused him to fall against one arm. He was immediately seized by a suffocating cough that soon ended his triumph. It lasted so long that it frightened even me. As to his cousin, she wept with all her might, aghast at the mischief she had done: though she said nothing. I held him till the fit exhausted itself. Then he thrust me away, and leant his head down silently. Catherine quelled her lamentations also, took a seat opposite, and looked solemnly into the fire.” shows us that she pushed the chair which caused weak Linton to fall immediately resulting in a non stop coughing streak which scared everyone including Nelly.
Although the phrase “I’m sorry I hurt you, Linton,’ she said at length, racked beyond endurance. ‘But I couldn’t have been hurt by that little push, and I had no idea that you could, either: you’re not much, are you, Linton? Don’t let me go home thinking I’ve done you harm. Answer! speak to me.” shows us that Cathy felt extremely guilty for her actions and wished for forgiveness from Linton. The sensitive lady was so sad at her actions she cried with all her might which makes us realize once again how sensitive this young girl is and how weak Linton has become.
Later we see that when Nelly wanted Cathy to leave the Heights Linton told Cathy that she caused him to be more ill now and she has to visit again to cure what she did. The phrase “You must come, to cure me,’ he answered. ‘You ought to come, because you have hurt me: you know you have extremely! I was not as ill when you entered as I am at present–was I?” shows us that now he was blackmailing the sensitive girl to visit him again just like how Heathcliff manipulated her soft feelings.
Lastly we see when Cathy and Nelly returned to the Grange and were off to bed the phrase “I remarked a fresh colour in her cheeks and a pinkness over her slender fingers, instead of fancying the line borrowed from a cold ride across the moors, I laid it to the charge of a hot fire in the library.” tells us that Nelly caught a cold due to walking in the cold weather. The part where Nelly tells us that Cathy had a fresh color in her cheeks tells us she was up to some mischief which we can assume was to visit Linton during the night as she promised she will escaping the Grange