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Full text of "The Bronte╠ł sisters"

32                           THE  BRONTE   SISTERS
of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in
stormy weather'.) The Linton family, richer and more
genteel, landed gentryŚMr. Linton, his wife, his son Edgar,
his daughter IsabellaŚlive down in a neighbouring valley
at Thrushcross Grange. One day Mr. Earnshaw brings
home to the Heights a sallow,' ragged little boy he has found
wandering in the streets of a city which he has visited for
business. To this waif he gives the name of HeathcIifF.
The children grow up together; Catherine loves Heathcliff,
while Hindley hates him from jealousy of his father's fond-
ness for the stranger. Mr. Earnshaw and his wife die,
Hindley degrades Heathcliff in every way he can; the lad
grows brutal and morose and Catherine turns from him to
the mild Edgar Linton. HeathcIifF decamps, to return later
when Catherine is Edgar's wife, rich, and with the manners
of a gentleman concealing his dark fierce heart. Between
Heathcliff and Edgar, Catherine becomes distracted; she
gives birth to Edgar's daughter, Cathy, and dies. Heathcliff
then sets himself to ruin both families in revenge. He turns
Hindley into drunkard and gambler and wins all his posses-
sions, so that his son Hareton Earnshaw is a pauper in
HeathclifFs house. Heathchff contrives to marry Edgar
Linton's vain silly sister Isabella, and after her death marries
Linton's daughter Cathy to his own peevish ailing son.
But all his revenge is foiled by Cathy and Hareton, who love
each other and redeem each other, and by his own affection
for Hareton, his old enemy's son.
The clear outlines of this story are often confused in
readers' minds by the method Emily employs to tell it,
namely in a series of first-person narrations which do not go
straight forward in time. She begins the book towards the
end of the story, when Heathcliff is apparently triumphant.
He owns both "Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange,
and the descendants of Lintons and Earnshaws are com-
pletely in his power. His tenant at Thrushcross Grange, Mr.
Lockwood, coming to the Heights to call on his landlord,
is first perplexed and then made madly curious by the