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Chapter 9

  • HE entered, vociferating oaths dreadful to hear; and caught me in the act o_towing his son sway in the kitchen cupboard. Hareton was impressed with _holesome terror of encountering either his wild beast's fondness or hi_adman's rage; for in one he ran a chance of being squeezed and kissed t_eath, and in the other of being flung into the fire, or dashed against th_all; and the poor thing remained perfectly quiet wherever I chose to put him.
  • 'There, I've found it out at last!' cried Hindley, pulling me back by the ski_f my neck, like a dog. 'By heaven and hell, you've sworn between you t_urder that child! I know how it is, now, that he is always out of my way.
  • But, with the help of Satan, I shall make you swallow the carving-knife, Nelly! You needn't laugh; for I've just crammed Kenneth, head-downmost, in th_lack- horse marsh; and two is the same as one - and I want to kill some o_ou: I shall have no rest till I do!'
  • 'But I don't like the carving-knife, Mr. Hindley,' I answered; 'it has bee_utting red herrings. I'd rather be shot, if you please.'
  • 'You'd rather be damned!' he said; 'and so you shall. No law in England ca_inder a man from keeping his house decent, and mine's abominable! Open you_outh.' He held the knife in his hand, and pushed its point between my teeth: but, for my part, I was never much afraid of his vagaries. I spat out, an_ffirmed it tasted detestably - I would not take it on any account.
  • 'Oh!' said he, releasing me, 'I see that hideous little villain is no_areton: I beg your pardon, Nell. If it be, he deserves flaying alive for no_unning to welcome me, and for screaming as if I were a goblin. Unnatural cub, come hither! I'll teach thee to impose on a good-hearted, deluded father. Now, don't you think the lad would be handsomer cropped? It makes a dog fiercer, and I love something fierce - get me a scissors - something fierce and trim!
  • Besides, it's infernal affectation - devilish conceit it is, to cherish ou_ars - we're asses enough without them. Hush, child, hush! Well then, it is m_arling! wisht, dry thy eyes - there's a joy; kiss me. What! it won't? Kis_e, Hareton! Damn thee, kiss me! By God, as if I would rear such a monster! A_ure as I'm living, I'll break the brat's neck.'
  • Poor Hareton was squalling and kicking in his father's arms with all hi_ight, and redoubled his yells when he carried him up- stairs and lifted hi_ver the banister. I cried out that he would frighten the child into fits, an_an to rescue him. As I reached them, Hindley leant forward on the rails t_isten to a noise below; almost forgetting what he had in his hands. 'Who i_hat?' he asked, hearing some one approaching the stairs'-foot. I lean_orward also, for the purpose of signing to Heathcliff, whose step _ecognised, not to come further; and, at the instant when my eye quitte_areton, he gave a sudden spring, delivered himself from the careless gras_hat held him, and fell.
  • There was scarcely time to experience a thrill of horror before we saw tha_he little wretch was safe. Heathcliff arrived underneath just at the critica_oment; by a natural impulse he arrested his descent, and setting him on hi_eet, looked up to discover the author of the accident. A miser who has parte_ith a lucky lottery ticket for five shillings, and finds next day he has los_n the bargain five thousand pounds, could not show a blanker countenance tha_e did on beholding the figure of Mr. Earnshaw above. It expressed, plaine_han words could do, the intensest anguish at having made himself th_nstrument of thwarting his own revenge. Had it been dark, I daresay he woul_ave tried to remedy the mistake by smashing Hareton's skull on the steps; but, we witnessed his salvation; and I was presently below with my preciou_harge pressed to my heart. Hindley descended more leisurely, sobered an_bashed.
  • 'It is your fault, Ellen,' he said; 'you should have kept him out of sight: you should have taken him from me! Is he injured anywhere?'
  • 'Injured!' I cried angrily; 'if he is not killed, he'll be an idiot! Oh! _onder his mother does not rise from her grave to see how you use him. You'r_orse than a heathen - treating your own flesh and blood in that manner!' H_ttempted to touch the child, who, on finding himself with me, sobbed off hi_error directly. At the first finger his father laid on him, however, h_hrieked again louder than before, and struggled as if he would go int_onvulsions.
  • 'You shall not meddle with him!' I continued. 'He hates you - they all hat_ou - that's the truth! A happy family you have; and a pretty state you'r_ome to!'
  • 'I shall come to a prettier, yet, Nelly,' laughed the misguided man, recovering his hardness. 'At present, convey yourself and him away. And har_ou, Heathcliff! clear you too quite from my reach and hearing. I wouldn'_urder you to-night; unless, perhaps, I set the house on fire: but that's a_y fancy goes.'
  • While saying this he took a pint bottle of brandy from the dresser, and poure_ome into a tumbler.
  • 'Nay, don't!' I entreated. 'Mr. Hindley, do take warning. Have mercy on thi_nfortunate boy, if you care nothing for yourself!'
  • 'Any one will do better for him than I shall,' he answered.
  • 'Have mercy on your own soul!' I said, endeavouring to snatch the glass fro_is hand.
  • 'Not I! On the contrary, I shall have great pleasure in sending it t_erdition to punish its Maker,' exclaimed the blasphemer. 'Here's to it_earty damnation!'
  • He drank the spirits and impatiently bade us go; terminating his command wit_ sequel of horrid imprecations too bad to repeat or remember.
  • 'It's a pity he cannot kill himself with drink,' observed Heathcliff, muttering an echo of curses back when the door was shut. 'He's doing his ver_tmost; but his constitution defies him. Mr. Kenneth says he would wager hi_are that he'll outlive any man on this side Gimmerton, and go to the grave _oary sinner; unless some happy chance out of the common course befall him.'
  • I went into the kitchen, and sat down to lull my little lamb to sleep.
  • Heathcliff, as I thought, walked through to the barn. It turned out afterward_hat he only got as far as the other side the settle, when he flung himself o_ bench by the wall, removed from the fire and remained silent.
  • I was rocking Hareton on my knee, and humming a song that began, -
  • It was far in the night, and the bairnies grat, The mither beneath the mool_eard that,
  • when Miss Cathy, who had listened to the hubbub from her room, put her hea_n, and whispered, - 'Are you alone, Nelly?'
  • 'Yes, Miss,' I replied.
  • She entered and approached the hearth. I, supposing she was going to sa_omething, looked up. The expression of her face seemed disturbed and anxious.
  • Her lips were half asunder, as if she meant to speak, and she drew a breath; but it escaped in a sigh instead of a sentence. I resumed my song; not havin_orgotten her recent behaviour.
  • 'Where's Heathcliff?' she said, interrupting me.
  • 'About his work in the stable,' was my answer.
  • He did not contradict me; perhaps he had fallen into a doze. There followe_nother long pause, during which I perceived a drop or two trickle fro_atherine's cheek to the flags. Is she sorry for her shameful conduct? - _sked myself. That will be a novelty: but she may come to the point - as sh_ill - I sha'n't help her! No, she felt small trouble regarding any subject, save her own concerns.
  • 'Oh, dear!' she cried at last. 'I'm very unhappy!'
  • 'A pity,' observed I. 'You're hard to please; so many friends and so fe_ares, and can't make yourself content!'
  • 'Nelly, will you keep a secret for me?' she pursued, kneeling down by me, an_ifting her winsome eyes to my face with that sort of look which turns off ba_emper, even when one has all the right in the world to indulge it.
  • 'Is it worth keeping?' I inquired, less sulkily.
  • 'Yes, and it worries me, and I must let it out! I want to know what I shoul_o. To-day, Edgar Linton has asked me to marry him, and I've given him a_nswer. Now, before I tell you whether it was a consent or denial, you tell m_hich it ought to have been.'
  • 'Really, Miss Catherine, how can I know?' I replied. 'To be sure, considerin_he exhibition you performed in his presence this afternoon, I might say i_ould be wise to refuse him: since he asked you after that, he must either b_opelessly stupid or a venturesome fool.'
  • 'If you talk so, I won't tell you any more,' she returned, peevishly rising t_er feet. 'I accepted him, Nelly. Be quick, and say whether I was wrong!'
  • 'You accepted him! Then what good is it discussing the matter? You hav_ledged your word, and cannot retract.'
  • 'But say whether I should have done so - do!' she exclaimed in an irritate_one; chafing her hands together, and frowning.
  • 'There are many things to be considered before that question can be answere_roperly,' I said, sententiously. 'First and foremost, do you love Mr. Edgar?'
  • 'Who can help it? Of course I do,' she answered.
  • Then I put her through the following catechism: for a girl of twenty-two i_as not injudicious.
  • 'Why do you love him, Miss Cathy?'
  • 'Nonsense, I do - that's sufficient.'
  • 'By no means; you must say why?'
  • 'Well, because he is handsome, and pleasant to be with.'
  • 'Bad!' was my commentary.
  • 'And because he is young and cheerful.'
  • 'Bad, still.'
  • 'And because he loves me.'
  • 'Indifferent, coming there.'
  • 'And he will be rich, and I shall like to be the greatest woman of th_eighbourhood, and I shall be proud of having such a husband.'
  • 'Worst of all. And now, say how you love him?'
  • 'As everybody loves - You're silly, Nelly.'
  • 'Not at all - Answer.'
  • 'I love the ground under his feet, and the air over his head, and everythin_e touches, and every word he says. I love all his looks, and all his actions, and him entirely and altogether. There now!'
  • 'And why?'
  • 'Nay; you are making a jest of it: it is exceedingly ill-natured! It's no jes_o me!' said the young lady, scowling, and turning her face to the fire.
  • 'I'm very far from jesting, Miss Catherine,' I replied. 'You love Mr. Edga_ecause he is handsome, and young, and cheerful, and rich, and loves you. Th_ast, however, goes for nothing: you would love him without that, probably; and with it you wouldn't, unless he possessed the four former attractions.'
  • 'No, to be sure not: I should only pity him - hate him, perhaps, if he wer_gly, and a clown.'
  • 'But there are several other handsome, rich young men in the world: handsomer, possibly, and richer than he is. What should hinder you from loving them?'
  • 'If there be any, they are out of my way: I've seen none like Edgar.'
  • 'You may see some; and he won't always be handsome, and young, and may no_lways be rich.'
  • 'He is now; and I have only to do with the present. I wish you would spea_ationally.'
  • 'Well, that settles it: if you have only to do with the present, marry Mr.
  • Linton.'
  • 'I don't want your permission for that - I SHALL marry him: and yet you hav_ot told me whether I'm right.'
  • 'Perfectly right; if people be right to marry only for the present. And now, let us hear what you are unhappy about. Your brother will be pleased; the ol_ady and gentleman will not object, I think; you will escape from _isorderly, comfortless home into a wealthy, respectable one; and you lov_dgar, and Edgar loves you. All seems smooth and easy: where is the obstacle?'
  • 'HERE! and HERE!' replied Catherine, striking one hand on her forehead, an_he other on her breast: 'in whichever place the soul lives. In my soul and i_y heart, I'm convinced I'm wrong!'
  • 'That's very strange! I cannot make it out.'
  • 'It's my secret. But if you will not mock at me, I'll explain it: I can't d_t distinctly; but I'll give you a feeling of how I feel.'
  • She seated herself by me again: her countenance grew sadder and graver, an_er clasped hands trembled.
  • 'Nelly, do you never dream queer dreams?' she said, suddenly, after som_inutes' reflection.
  • 'Yes, now and then,' I answered.
  • 'And so do I. I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me eve_fter, and changed my ideas: they've gone through and through me, like win_hrough water, and altered the colour of my mind. And this is one: I'm goin_o tell it - but take care not to smile at any part of it.'
  • 'Oh! don't, Miss Catherine!' I cried. 'We're dismal enough without conjurin_p ghosts and visions to perplex us. Come, come, be merry and like yourself!
  • Look at little Hareton! HE'S dreaming nothing dreary. How sweetly he smiles i_is sleep!'
  • 'Yes; and how sweetly his father curses in his solitude! You remember him, _aresay, when he was just such another as that chubby thing: nearly as youn_nd innocent. However, Nelly, I shall oblige you to listen: it's not long; an_'ve no power to be merry to-night.'
  • 'I won't hear it, I won't hear it!' I repeated, hastily.
  • I was superstitious about dreams then, and am still; and Catherine had a_nusual gloom in her aspect, that made me dread something from which I migh_hape a prophecy, and foresee a fearful catastrophe. She was vexed, but sh_id not proceed. Apparently taking up another subject, she recommenced in _hort time.
  • 'If I were in heaven, Nelly, I should be extremely miserable.'
  • 'Because you are not fit to go there,' I answered. 'All sinners would b_iserable in heaven.'
  • 'But it is not for that. I dreamt once that I was there.'
  • 'I tell you I won't hearken to your dreams, Miss Catherine! I'll go to bed,' _nterrupted again.
  • She laughed, and held me down; for I made a motion to leave my chair.
  • 'This is nothing,' cried she: 'I was only going to say that heaven did no_eem to be my home; and I broke my heart with weeping to come back to earth; and the angels were so angry that they flung me out into the middle of th_eath on the top of Wuthering Heights; where I woke sobbing for joy. That wil_o to explain my secret, as well as the other. I've no more business to marr_dgar Linton than I have to be in heaven; and if the wicked man in there ha_ot brought Heathcliff so low, I shouldn't have thought of it. It woul_egrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: an_hat, not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than _m. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton's i_s different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.'
  • Ere this speech ended I became sensible of Heathcliff's presence. Havin_oticed a slight movement, I turned my head, and saw him rise from the bench, and steal out noiselessly. He had listened till he heard Catherine say i_ould degrade her to marry him, and then he stayed to hear no further. M_ompanion, sitting on the ground, was prevented by the back of the settle fro_emarking his presence or departure; but I started, and bade her hush!
  • 'Why?' she asked, gazing nervously round.
  • 'Joseph is here,' I answered, catching opportunely the roll of his cartwheel_p the road; 'and Heathcliff will come in with him. I'm not sure whether h_ere not at the door this moment.'
  • 'Oh, he couldn't overhear me at the door!' said she. 'Give me Hareton, whil_ou get the supper, and when it is ready ask me to sup with you. I want t_heat my uncomfortable conscience, and be convinced that Heathcliff has n_otion of these things. He has not, has he? He does not know what being i_ove is!'
  • 'I see no reason that he should not know, as well as you,' I returned; 'and i_ou are his choice, he'll be the most unfortunate creature that ever was born!
  • As soon as you become Mrs. Linton, he loses friend, and love, and all! Hav_ou considered how you'll bear the separation, and how he'll bear to be quit_eserted in the world? Because, Miss Catherine - '
  • 'He quite deserted! we separated!' she exclaimed, with an accent o_ndignation. 'Who is to separate us, pray? They'll meet the fate of Milo! No_s long as I live, Ellen: for no mortal creature. Every Linton on the face o_he earth might melt into nothing before I could consent to forsak_eathcliff. Oh, that's not what I intend - that's not what I mean! I shouldn'_e Mrs. Linton were such a price demanded! He'll be as much to me as he ha_een all his lifetime. Edgar must shake off his antipathy, and tolerate him, at least. He will, when he learns my true feelings towards him. Nelly, I se_ow you think me a selfish wretch; but did it never strike you that i_eathcliff and I married, we should be beggars? whereas, if I marry Linton _an aid Heathcliff to rise, and place him out of my brother's power.'
  • 'With your husband's money, Miss Catherine?' I asked. 'You'll find him not s_liable as you calculate upon: and, though I'm hardly a judge, I think that'_he worst motive you've given yet for being the wife of young Linton.'
  • 'It is not,' retorted she; 'it is the best! The others were the satisfactio_f my whims: and for Edgar's sake, too, to satisfy him. This is for the sak_f one who comprehends in his person my feelings to Edgar and myself. I canno_xpress it; but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is or shoul_e an existence of yours beyond you. What were the use of my creation, if _ere entirely contained here? My great miseries in this world have bee_eathcliff's miseries, and I watched and felt each from the beginning: m_reat thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and HE remained, _hould still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he wer_nnihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem _art of it. - My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time wil_hange it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathclif_esembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, bu_ecessary. Nelly, I AM Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as _leasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.
  • So don't talk of our separation again: it is impracticable; and - '
  • She paused, and hid her face in the folds of my gown; but I jerked it forcibl_way. I was out of patience with her folly!
  • 'If I can make any sense of your nonsense, Miss,' I said, 'it only goes t_onvince me that you are ignorant of the duties you undertake in marrying; o_lse that you are a wicked, unprincipled girl. But trouble me with no mor_ecrets: I'll not promise to keep them.'
  • 'You'll keep that?' she asked, eagerly.
  • 'No, I'll not promise,' I repeated.
  • She was about to insist, when the entrance of Joseph finished ou_onversation; and Catherine removed her seat to a corner, and nursed Hareton, while I made the supper. After it was cooked, my fellow-servant and I began t_uarrel who should carry some to Mr. Hindley; and we didn't settle it till al_as nearly cold. Then we came to the agreement that we would let him ask, i_e wanted any; for we feared particularly to go into his presence when he ha_een some time alone.
  • 'And how isn't that nowt comed in fro' th' field, be this time? What is h_bout? girt idle seeght!' demanded the old man, looking round for Heathcliff.
  • 'I'll call him,' I replied. 'He's in the barn, I've no doubt.'
  • I went and called, but got no answer. On returning, I whispered to Catherin_hat he had heard a good part of what she said, I was sure; and told how I sa_im quit the kitchen just as she complained of her brother's conduct regardin_im. She jumped up in a fine fright, flung Hareton on to the settle, and ra_o seek for her friend herself; not taking leisure to consider why she was s_lurried, or how her talk would have affected him. She was absent such a whil_hat Joseph proposed we should wait no longer. He cunningly conjectured the_ere staying away in order to avoid hearing his protracted blessing. They were
  • 'ill eneugh for ony fahl manners,' he affirmed. And on their behalf he adde_hat night a special prayer to the usual quarter-of-an-hour's supplicatio_efore meat, and would have tacked another to the end of the grace, had no_is young mistress broken in upon him with a hurried command that he must ru_own the road, and, wherever Heathcliff had rambled, find and make him re- enter directly!
  • 'I want to speak to him, and I MUST, before I go upstairs,' she said. 'And th_ate is open: he is somewhere out of hearing; for he would not reply, though _houted at the top of the fold as loud as I could.'
  • Joseph objected at first; she was too much in earnest, however, to suffe_ontradiction; and at last he placed his hat on his head, and walked grumblin_orth. Meantime, Catherine paced up and down the floor, exclaiming - 'I wonde_here he is - I wonder where he can be! What did I say, Nelly? I've forgotten.
  • Was he vexed at my bad humour this afternoon? Dear! tell me what I've said t_rieve him? I do wish he'd come. I do wish he would!'
  • 'What a noise for nothing!' I cried, though rather uneasy myself. 'What _rifle scares you! It's surely no great cause of alarm that Heathcliff shoul_ake a moonlight saunter on the moors, or even lie too sulky to speak to us i_he hay-loft. I'll engage he's lurking there. See if I don't ferret him out!'
  • I departed to renew my search; its result was disappointment, and Joseph'_uest ended in the same.
  • 'Yon lad gets war und war!' observed he on re-entering. 'He's left th' gate a_' full swing, and Miss's pony has trodden dahn two rigs o' corn, an_lottered through, raight o'er into t' meadow! Hahsomdiver, t' maister 'ul_lay t' devil to-morn, and he'll do weel. He's patience itsseln wi' sic_areless, offald craters - patience itsseln he is! Bud he'll not be soa allus - yah's see, all on ye! Yah mun'n't drive him out of his heead for nowt!'
  • 'Have you found Heathcliff, you ass?' interrupted Catherine. 'Have you bee_ooking for him, as I ordered?'
  • 'I sud more likker look for th' horse,' he replied. 'It 'ud be to more sense.
  • Bud I can look for norther horse nur man of a neeght loike this - as black a_' chimbley! und Heathcliff's noan t' chap to coom at MY whistle - happe_e'll be less hard o' hearing wi' YE!'
  • It WAS a very dark evening for summer: the clouds appeared inclined t_hunder, and I said we had better all sit down; the approaching rain would b_ertain to bring him home without further trouble. However, Catherine woul_ot be persuaded into tranquillity. She kept wandering to and fro, from th_ate to the door, in a state of agitation which permitted no repose; and a_ength took up a permanent situation on one side of the wall, near the road: where, heedless of my expostulations and the growling thunder, and the grea_rops that began to plash around her, she remained, calling at intervals, an_hen listening, and then crying outright. She beat Hareton, or any child, at _ood passionate fit of crying.
  • About midnight, while we still sat up, the storm came rattling over th_eights in full fury. There was a violent wind, as well as thunder, and eithe_ne or the other split a tree off at the corner of the building: a huge boug_ell across the roof, and knocked down a portion of the east chimney-stack, sending a clatter of stones and soot into the kitchen-fire. We thought a bol_ad fallen in the middle of us; and Joseph swung on to his knees, beseechin_he Lord to remember the patriarchs Noah and Lot, and, as in former times, spare the righteous, though he smote the ungodly. I felt some sentiment tha_t must be a judgment on us also. The Jonah, in my mind, was Mr. Earnshaw; an_ shook the handle of his den that I might ascertain if he were yet living. H_eplied audibly enough, in a fashion which made my companion vociferate, mor_lamorously than before, that a wide distinction might be drawn between saint_ike himself and sinners like his master. But the uproar passed away in twent_inutes, leaving us all unharmed; excepting Cathy, who got thoroughly drenche_or her obstinacy in refusing to take shelter, and standing bonnetless an_hawl-less to catch as much water as she could with her hair and clothes. Sh_ame in and lay down on the settle, all soaked as she was, turning her face t_he back, and putting her hands before it.
  • 'Well, Miss!' I exclaimed, touching her shoulder; 'you are not bent on gettin_our death, are you? Do you know what o'clock it is? Half-past twelve. Come, come to bed! there's no use waiting any longer on that foolish boy: he'll b_one to Gimmerton, and he'll stay there now. He guesses we shouldn't wait fo_im till this late hour: at least, he guesses that only Mr. Hindley would b_p; and he'd rather avoid having the door opened by the master.'
  • 'Nay, nay, he's noan at Gimmerton,' said Joseph. 'I's niver wonder but he's a_' bothom of a bog-hoile. This visitation worn't for nowt, and I wod hev' y_o look out, Miss - yah muh be t' next. Thank Hivin for all! All wark_ogither for gooid to them as is chozzen, and piked out fro' th' rubbidge! Ya_naw whet t' Scripture ses.' And he began quoting several texts, referring u_o chapters and verses where we might find them.
  • I, having vainly begged the wilful girl to rise and remove her wet things, left him preaching and her shivering, and betook myself to bed with littl_areton, who slept as fast as if everyone had been sleeping round him. I hear_oseph read on a while afterwards; then I distinguished his slow step on th_adder, and then I dropped asleep.
  • Coming down somewhat later than usual, I saw, by the sunbeams piercing th_hinks of the shutters, Miss Catherine still seated near the fireplace. Th_ouse-door was ajar, too; light entered from its unclosed windows; Hindley ha_ome out, and stood on the kitchen hearth, haggard and drowsy.
  • 'What ails you, Cathy?' he was saying when I entered: 'you look as dismal as _rowned whelp. Why are you so damp and pale, child?'
  • 'I've been wet,' she answered reluctantly, 'and I'm cold, that's all.'
  • 'Oh, she is naughty!' I cried, perceiving the master to be tolerably sober.
  • 'She got steeped in the shower of yesterday evening, and there she has sat th_ight through, and I couldn't prevail on her to stir.'
  • Mr. Earnshaw stared at us in surprise. 'The night through,' he repeated. 'Wha_ept her up? not fear of the thunder, surely? That was over hours since.'
  • Neither of us wished to mention Heathcliff's absence, as long as we coul_onceal it; so I replied, I didn't know how she took it into her head to si_p; and she said nothing. The morning was fresh and cool; I threw back th_attice, and presently the room filled with sweet scents from the garden; bu_atherine called peevishly to me, 'Ellen, shut the window. I'm starving!' An_er teeth chattered as she shrank closer to the almost extinguished embers.
  • 'She's ill,' said Hindley, taking her wrist; 'I suppose that's the reason sh_ould not go to bed. Damn it! I don't want to be troubled with more sicknes_ere. What took you into the rain?'
  • 'Running after t' lads, as usuald!' croaked Joseph, catching an opportunit_rom our hesitation to thrust in his evil tongue. 'If I war yah, maister, I'_ust slam t' boards i' their faces all on 'em, gentle and simple! Never a da_t yah're off, but yon cat o' Linton comes sneaking hither; and Miss Nelly, shoo's a fine lass! shoo sits watching for ye i' t' kitchen; and as yah're i_t one door, he's out at t'other; and, then, wer grand lady goes a- courtin_f her side! It's bonny behaviour, lurking amang t' fields, after twelve o' t'
  • night, wi' that fahl, flaysome divil of a gipsy, Heathcliff! They think I'_lind; but I'm noan: nowt ut t' soart! - I seed young Linton boath coming an_oing, and I seed YAH' (directing his discourse to me), 'yah gooid fur nowt, slattenly witch! nip up and bolt into th' house, t' minute yah heard t'
  • maister's horse-fit clatter up t' road.'
  • 'Silence, eavesdropper!' cried Catherine; 'none of your insolence before me!
  • Edgar Linton came yesterday by chance, Hindley; and it was I who told him t_e off: because I knew you would not like to have met him as you were.'
  • 'You lie, Cathy, no doubt,' answered her brother, 'and you are a confounde_impleton! But never mind Linton at present: tell me, were you not wit_eathcliff last night? Speak the truth, now. You need not he afraid of harmin_im: though I hate him as much as ever, he did me a good turn a short tim_ince that will make my conscience tender of breaking his neck. To prevent it, I shall send him about his business this very morning; and after he's gone, I'd advise you all to look sharp: I shall only have the more humour for you.'
  • 'I never saw Heathcliff last night,' answered Catherine, beginning to so_itterly: 'and if you do turn him out of doors, I'll go with him. But, perhaps, you'll never have an opportunity: perhaps, he's gone.' Here she burs_nto uncontrollable grief, and the remainder of her words were inarticulate.
  • Hindley lavished on her a torrent of scornful abuse, and bade her get to he_oom immediately, or she shouldn't cry for nothing! I obliged her to obey; an_ shall never forget what a scene she acted when we reached her chamber: i_errified me. I thought she was going mad, and I begged Joseph to run for th_octor. It proved the commencement of delirium: Mr. Kenneth, as soon as he sa_er, pronounced her dangerously ill; she had a fever. He bled her, and he tol_e to let her live on whey and water-gruel, and take care she did not thro_erself downstairs or out of the window; and then he left: for he had enoug_o do in the parish, where two or three miles was the ordinary distanc_etween cottage and cottage.
  • Though I cannot say I made a gentle nurse, and Joseph and the master were n_etter, and though our patient was as wearisome and headstrong as a patien_ould be, she weathered it through. Old Mrs. Linton paid us several visits, t_e sure, and set things to rights, and scolded and ordered us all; and whe_atherine was convalescent, she insisted on conveying her to Thrushcros_range: for which deliverance we were very grateful. But the poor dame ha_eason to repent of her kindness: she and her husband both took the fever, an_ied within a few days of each other.
  • Our young lady returned to us saucier and more passionate, and haughtier tha_ver. Heathcliff had never been heard of since the evening of the thunder- storm; and, one day, I had the misfortune, when she had provoked m_xceedingly, to lay the blame of his disappearance on her: where indeed i_elonged, as she well knew. From that period, for several months, she cease_o hold any communication with me, save in the relation of a mere servant.
  • Joseph fell under a ban also: he would speak his mind, and lecture her all th_ame as if she were a little girl; and she esteemed herself a woman, and ou_istress, and thought that her recent illness gave her a claim to be treate_ith consideration. Then the doctor had said that she would not bear crossin_uch; she ought to have her own way; and it was nothing less than murder i_er eyes for any one to presume to stand up and contradict her. From Mr.
  • Earnshaw and his companions she kept aloof; and tutored by Kenneth, an_erious threats of a fit that often attended her rages, her brother allowe_er whatever she pleased to demand, and generally avoided aggravating he_iery temper. He was rather too indulgent in humouring her caprices; not fro_ffection, but from pride: he wished earnestly to see her bring honour to th_amily by an alliance with the Lintons, and as long as she let him alone sh_ight trample on us like slaves, for aught he cared! Edgar Linton, a_ultitudes have been before and will be after him, was infatuated: an_elieved himself the happiest man alive on the day he led her to Gimmerto_hapel, three years subsequent to his father's death.
  • Much against my inclination, I was persuaded to leave Wuthering Heights an_ccompany her here, Little Hareton was nearly five years old, and I had jus_egun to teach him his letters. We made a sad parting; but Catherine's tear_ere more powerful than ours. When I refused to go, and when she found he_ntreaties did not move me, she went lamenting to her husband and brother. Th_ormer offered me munificent wages; the latter ordered me to pack up: h_anted no women in the house, he said, now that there was no mistress; and a_o Hareton, the curate should take him in hand, by-and-by. And so I had bu_ne choice left: to do as I was ordered. I told the master he got rid of al_ecent people only to run to ruin a little faster; I kissed Hareton, sai_ood-by; and since then he has been a stranger: and it's very queer to thin_t, but I've no doubt he has completely forgotten all about Ellen Dean, an_hat he was ever more than all the world to her and she to him!
  • At this point of the housekeeper's story she chanced to glance towards th_ime-piece over the chimney; and was in amazement on seeing the minute-han_easure half-past one. She would not hear of staying a second longer: i_ruth, I felt rather disposed to defer the sequel of her narrative myself. An_ow that she is vanished to her rest, and I have meditated for another hour o_wo, I shall summon courage to go also, in spite of aching laziness of hea_nd limbs.