Wuthering Heights :: Week Seven

Welcome to the Wuthering Heights read-a-long! We’re reading this book through September and October. You can see the reading schedule and guidelines on the Starting Post Page.

Week Seven: Read to Chapter XXX

Discussion:

Did any of you read Thumbelina when you were a child? The part where the mouse tries to get her to marry his cousin, the mole, always really creeped me out. I hated that part of the book – I always wanted to skip it. I’d always think, “Just let her go!” I’d feel suffocated and disgusted. As I was reading this week’s portion and got to the part where Heathcliff was making Catherine marry his sniveling, weak, disgusting (because this is now how I feel about Linton) son, I could not help but think of Thumbelina and Mr. Mole.

Least favorite character of the book so far: Linton. CREEEEEEPY, decrepit little dude.

There’s something wrong with Catherine as well, as she so easily bends to his will each time, but she has to or the plot would come to a standstill. Heathcliff is evil, but interesting. It astonishes me that he can be so full of malice but so intensely in love with Catherine Earnshaw. What a soulful scene when he describes digging her up and being haunted by her! There is something selfish in his love, so I know it isn’t pure – but man, it’s crazy passionate.

I’ll jump in more below – what did you all think this week? Can you believe we will be done next week?! I’m eager to see how it will end, because it is starting to veer away from the movie version I saw, and I’ve heard it ends differently as well. I LOVE IT.

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68 thoughts on “Wuthering Heights :: Week Seven

  1. This may be the most bizarre comment I’ve left for a read-a-long (and I’ve left some doozies) but in this week’s reading, Heathcliff is reminding me of a scary yet a bit camp horror movie villain like… Freddy Krueger! You know how Freddy is scary and horrible but self-referential and FUNNY in an absurd way? Of course Heathcliff is not as extreme as Freddy but perhaps Bronte planted the archetypal seeds …

    When I saw this on wikipedia about Krueger, it made the comparison even more interesting: “Robert Englund has said many times that he feels the character represents neglect, particularly that suffered by children.” HMMM. Remember Heathcliff the neglected little boy of the beginning of the book? I don’t think Wes Craven set out to create Freddy in Heathcliff’s image, but rather Bronte made such a strong, unique character that has been seared into our collective psyches. The neglected child who grows up to wreak havoc…

    Ch 27 has lots of what I’m talking about:

    ‘You are very stiff,’ said Heathcliff, ‘I know that: but you’ll force me to pinch the baby and make it scream before it moves your charity. Come, then, my hero. Are you willing to return, escorted by me?’

    How she does stare! It’s odd what a savage feeling I have to anything that seems afraid of me! Had I been born where laws are less strict and tastes less dainty, I should treat myself to a slow vivisection of those two, as an evening’s amusement.’

    (after he knocks Cathy upside the head):
    ‘I know how to chastise children, you see,’ said the scoundrel, grimly, as he stooped to repossess himself of the key, which had dropped to the floor.

    !!!

    …and just let me say OMG chapter 29!!!! I can’t even begin to describe the complicated emotions of love, disgust, incredulity, longing, horror, sadness, etc etc etc that Heathcliff’s soliloquy about digging up Catherine’s grave inspires! (and to think the night when he felt her spirit was the night that Isabella wanted to kill him! I think Isabella hated him not because he was cruel to her, but because she knew that he was still completely Catherine’s).

    One last comment. There were points in this week’s reading that I almost didn’t know which Cathy was being written about — and I feel that it was artful and intentional on the part of Bronte — did you notice this? What did you think?

    • Ok, here’s my problem with Heathcliff as “neglected”, when Mr. Earnshaw found him and brought him home, he LOVED HIM and made him part of the family! He showed Heathcliff kindness and affection, taught him, fed him, housed him. Or did I read it incorrectly??
      The fact that Heathcliff becomes such a monster slaps what I thought the kindness and adoration Mr. Earnshaw tried to show him right in the face. But like I said, unless I read it wrong, and frankly, I do not want to go back and see if I did. I’m so OVER Heathcliff! LOL

      • He was already several years old when found — since he was a foundling no one knows for sure, but it was when Catherine was 6, and I get the idea Heathcliff was a little older, so let’s say 7 — so, he was neglected for at least 7 (extremely formative) years — found filthy and alone on the streets.

      • Exactly (what Jackie said) – he was damaged already when he came, and was abused by others even if not Mr. Earnshaw. He certainly wasn’t nurtured and healed… even if he was treated with kindness (for the short time he was) by one person who lived in the house. However, my response below explains why I think it’s more than just the neglect that forms Heathcliff’s character.

        • Yes, I agree he was damaged already. And also, it seems to me that the whole book shows that one’s nature is stronger than education/”nurture”. Heathcliff is one character to show it in the negative (a negative character can be mitigated by good education, as HC was when Mr Earnshaw was alive, but will remain negative), and I guess Hareton is the one to look at for the positive version (I’ll admit I have already finished the book — so that helps in my view of Hareton).

      • I agree. Mr Earnshaw did love Heathcliff, and Heathcliff seemed to do well during the years Mr. E. lived. He was later mistreated and wanted revenge, but why did he carry this on to the next generation? These people didn’t do anything but be related to the ones Heathcliff hated (or “loved” in the case of Cathy). Young Cathy was the daughter of the one he loved. How did he hurt Hindley by hurting Hareton when Hindley was dead? He’s just evil!

        • I might be remembering incorrectly, but wasn’t Heathcliff mistreated even when Mr. E was alive (not by Mr. E)? I seem to remember Mrs. Earnshaw taking a great disliking to him, Hindley mistreating him, even Nelly at times, and then Joseph certainly not being kind.

          • Yes, and then Cathy breaking his heart when she went over to the other side, so to speak. I’m in no way defending Heathcliff (I just theorized that he spawned a thousand horror movie characters!) just noting the many ways he was damaged.

          • Me neither (defending HC) but also don’t feel like I’ve figured him out yet. Not that I’d like to date him or invite him over for tea to get to know him. Nor do I feel the instinct to want to take him in and nurture him, at this point (like I do Hareton or a younger version of Heathcliff). Rather I just find him fascinating.

    • I hear you on the reason why you think Heathcliff is the way he is. Since we really don’t know very much about his formative years besides Nelly’s version of what she was privy to, so Brontë has left us to have to pretty much make up our own minds past knowing he came from poverty. Though he, no doubt, has excuses for being disturbed. However, I would argue that not all children who are neglected become psychopaths (which Heathcliff is almost the exact definition of).

      The passage that you highlighted about the vivisection really popped out at me from the page. I even looked up the word to make sure I was confident that it meant what I thought it meant, since it was such a graphic image (and we are reading such an old book, written by a WOMAN – no wonder people believed it was a male writer… I love Emily!). That is really an intense statement; to want to dissect people while they are alive! Though, I admit, this is exactly what makes him an interesting (rather than annoying and predictable) character in my opinion.

      What I find even more fascinating than why Heathcliff is the way he is, is how EB came up with him. Like you said, we now have plenty of characters who resemble him, but she did not have the same plethora of inspiration. Which makes me wonder if she had encountered someone like this in real life. Have I missed a character like this who she would have modeled Heathcliff after? I certainly haven’t read the entire English Canon so I could be wrong, of course, but have yet to meet a comparable villain (especially one who is so morbid and specific).

      I didn’t notice the point about the Cathy’s – now I feel as though I missed something. I’ll need to go back and scan the reading.

      • I agree — it’s not just neglect. We are all our own strange alchemy of biochemistry, heredity, environment and experiences. I did think it interesting that the actor that played Freddy felt that way though, and that Heathcliff was a neglected child.

        The over-the-top-ness is what most struck me, and is pretty extraordinary, especially for the time! The other character it brought to my mind is Hannibal Lecter — that arch fava beans and chianti sort of thing (!).

        • YES – Hannibal Lecter… me too. I was ready for HC to start doing the fff-fff-fff thing after talking about the vivisection. (Am not familiar with Freddy, so couldn’t give an opinion there. Know who he is but have never seen the movies.)

      • I’m late to this discussion, but very interested. I am on the same page about all the comments concerning Heathcliff’s being deprived of affection in a formative period and hence handicapped by that. I wondered about that a week or two back, and I was intrigued by the nature vs. nurture, heredity vs. environment idea, too. But, I continue to be perturbed by Heathcliff’s willful decision to do harm, to seek revenge, to punish the innocent.

        Certainly, he has been hurt – probably as a child, then by Catherine’s rejection when she marries Linton. He does not take his hatred out on her, but on all those around her, even those she might have implored him to spare. Some men might feel the need to care for Cathy, as a living part of Catherine, but his jealously or sense of loss, leads him to punish everyone, almost especially her. It is hard to justify this type of conduct – at least today. He seems more of a throwback to earlier, more barbaric times.

        • Well, this is what I don’t get in Heathcliff: that Catherine could do no wrong. She was among those who hurt him (he never got to hear the second part of her fateful discourse, that night), and yet he takes 20 years plotting his revenge on everyone else in the world and still adores her. *puzzled*

      • While reading Little Women I came across this passage that made me think of one reason why Heathcliff is the way he is — it’s from the chapter where Jo meets Apollyon (the destroyer). I ‘ll use he/his instead of she/her. “He had cherished his anger till it grew strong and took possession of him, as evil thoughts and feelings always do unless cast out at once.”

        What do you think?

        • That makes sense. He only nurtured the bad that had happened instead of grasping for any good. I couldn’t help but think of what you said about the young Catherine (Cathy’s daughter) in the beginning, about her seeming like a prisoner at WH.

        • It makes sense – he was SO hurt by Catherine and then so devastated by her leaving… I wonder if he would have any good to grab hold of without her?

  2. I don’t want to say too much this week because I finished the reading and don’t want to accidentally say something to spoil next week’s reading! I will say that I absolutely agree with you Wallace, about Linton. Ugh. Sniveling is the perfect adjective for him. He disgusts me. And I do remember that scene and Thumbelina and I think you are spot on with the comparison. They just give you the heebie jeebies.

    • Interesting that in some ways we spare lots of time to dissect and to understand Heathcliff, talk about his lack of love, etc., but we simply abhor Linton. What is it that makes him less worthy of our understanding? Don’t get me wrong, he is repugnant; but he is weak physically and emotionally – more like his mother. We hate that he doesn’t stand up to Heathcliff for Cathy’s sake, if not his own. Under Heathcliff’s mind numbing beatings and brain washing, the whining is less important and his more Heathcliff-like traits surface allowing him to participate whole heartedly in the entrapment and abuse of Cathy. We hate him for this and yet it is not his plan; without Heathcliff he probably could not carry it out. He becomes a creature of Heathcliff’s; yet, even if only for selfish reasons, he does help Cathy escape from WH at least on the one night she manages to return to TG. I wonder what will happen to him in the last chapters.

      • I think we know more about Linton, so he feels less like a mystery. There is a chunk of Heathcliff’s life that is a mystery to us – so it leaves us wondering.

        • Mmm, do you think we know more about Linton? I have the idea that there’s not much to know about him at all. Heathcliff may be the “baddie” but he’s a strong and definite character, and of course the mystery adds to his “charm”. Linton is so despicable he’s not much more than stock.

  3. Like Sarah D, I’ve already finished with the reading – I couldn’t help it! I had to see what was going to happen. Anyhow, I’m pretty satisfied with the way it all went down – I guess it just had to that way. As for Linton – ugh! He is the biggest creep ever! How could he go along with Heathcliff in trying to take them hostage and force a marriage? It is just despicable behavior! UGH! And yes, I know he was scared of his dad, but he could have warned his cousin and Nelly and just taken whatever punishment Heathcliff would dole out. What a coward!

    • Yes, I think Linton had options. He knew his father wouldn’t kill him (nor severely hurt him) as he had stated out loud. Really I think Linton was not a sweet person to begin with. Having been coddled his entire life up until moving to the moors, because he was sickly, and then being protected by Heathcliff (as much as Heathcliff has protected anyone but Catherine Sr.) – he didn’t have much of a need to develop any sort of character. It’s just harder to notice at first because of feeling poorly for him and his condition.

      • I don’t believe Linton ever had a fighting chance. Once his mother died, he “belonged” to Heathcliff. Which is just how Heathcliff sees him and everyone/everything else; as possessions to be manipulated and cast of at will. I think Edgar’s intention was to raise Linton and groom him as his heir, but the second Heathcliff found out he existed, it was over. I think Edgar knew it too.

        • Oh, I agree that Heathcliff’s intentions were selfish and not in Linton’s best interest. But remember when he said he couldn’t hurt him because he needed him to stay alive? (We didn’t know why at the time, but it was so he could marry Cathy, which – one might think- would make Linton want to postpone that considering that was his free pass to safety in his father’s house.)

    • I think that if Linton had remained with Edgar, he might have developed some character and empathy, but he was forced to live with Heathcliff. I think he learned how to survive while at WH, and that instinct overtook any other emotion. In other words, his fear of Heathcliff overshadowed any “love” he felt for Cathy.

  4. OK. I had to slow myself down and now I can finish reading along with the schedule. Frankly, because I think what’s next will make me feel better.

    There are some parts of this book that have absolutely infuriated me. And while I was seething, I have to admit, I was really glad to have joined in with the Read-a-long because it forced me to keep going when everything in my brain was repulsed. Maybe it’s because I’m “a modern woman” or maybe it was the intention, but the whole story has rubbed me the wrong way. There’s something WRONG with the way Heathcliff loves. His love is a perfect example of manipulation and selfishness. The way he behaves is abhorrent and I am having serious trouble seeing him as a hero or someone to aspire to love. And I’m sorry, while I agree that the digging up of the grave and kicking in the side of the coffin so he could be buried near to her was sad, I ultimately landed on “THAT’S SO CREEPY!” as a verdict.

    Linton is sooooooooo whiny and ridiculous. Little Catherine, well I feel for her most of all! Because of the times, she really didn’t have much choice. Though I do feel that she could’ve followed in her Aunt’s footsteps and taken off by herself! I really sent an imaginary hi-five to Isabella! I feel like Little Catherine should have had the guts to do that too. Instead, she was drawn to WH like a moth to the flame or a fly to a web.

    Surprisingly, I’m starting to like Hareton. HE’S the one redemption case in the lot! He was brought up a brute but is fastly becoming the Knight in Shining Armor sort.

    • I definitely think you are supposed to not like Heathcliff. He’s not meant to be a Mr. Darcy. He’s meant to be complicated and (at least a bit) scary. If you were creeped out by the coffin scene (which most probably are), EB did her job well with the writing. You felt the gothic nature of the romance. It’s a dark, complicated, scary, unsafe romance rather than the pure, loving, self-sacrificing romances of the time. Perhaps if you look at it that way, you can admire EB’s ability to step out of the typical female role of writing for the day (what some would consider cloying romances, though I don’t – I love them too)? She sure got you (and me too – I am having visceral reactions to the writing as well… brilliant)!

      Hareton is my favorite as of now as well. He’s, perhaps, the most normal of them all (with the possible exception of Nelly – though we can’t ever be quite sure of that).

      • Yes I agree. I definitely don’t think we were mean to exhaust ourselves trying to like HC and I never even attempted. I do think he is one of the most intriguing characters I have ever invested myself into. He makes for some fabulous reading. I thoroughly enjoyed him. I prefer villanious characters in general.

        • I do too in this book. That’s not always the case, but it certainly is here. In fact the nice ones have been the annoying ones and the villains have been the interesting ones!

  5. My take on Cathy is so different from what’s been mentioned so far. She is disobedient to her father and visits Linton, but she DOES love Edgar. She’s been protected all her life and not subjected to the extreme abuse others endure from Heathcliff. It took Isabella a while to garner the nerve to leave, but I think the fact she was pregnant pushed her to get out. The comments below were written before I read other entries.

    This week’s reading includes more death, sadness, and sadism. The one “bright” (????) spot is young, newly married Cathy’s reaction to Heathcliff when he forces her to leave Thrushcross Grange to work at Wuthering Heights. She has been pampered and spoiled, but she sees Heathcliff as the monster he is. Somehow, maybe because of Edgar, she has some normal, human feelings. Speaking of Linton, Cathy says, “’I know he has a bad nature,’ said Catherine: ‘he’s your son. But I’m glad I’ve a better, to forgive it; and I know he loves me, and for that reason I love him. Mr. Heathcliff you have nobody to love you; and, however miserable you make us, we shall have the revenge of thinking that your cruelty arises from your greater misery. You are miserable, are you not? Lonely, like the devil, and envious like him? Nobody loves you—nobody will cry for you when you die! I wouldn’t be you!’”

    Heathcliff’s narrative about his discussion and actions at Cathy’s grave gave me the creeps. No doubt he’s “haunted” by Cathy, whether it’s actual or imagined. Since we’re near the end of the novel, we should soon learn which.

  6. Wow, yes this week really fleshed out Heathcliff’s complexity – the graveyard stuff was at once creepy and shocking yet touchingly intensely romantic. Linton on the other hand is just all round creepy and loathsome, a rank bad hat indeed – and I was glad to see that the penny has finally dropped over this for Cathy.

    The other shocking part was the ferocity of Heathcliff’s violence towards Cathy when he knocks her down, again showing the visceral nature of his emotions towards Cathy as an extension of her mother, as much as his feelings just towards her.

    Edgar’s death though does redeem Cathy somewhat for me as well, showing the depth of her feelings towards him,

    Really though the plot now seems to be racing along, and I’m eager to see how everything resolves itself, especially in regard to how Heathcliff’ feelings of being haunted and the Cathy/Linton/Hareton triangle all play out.

    • That’s an interesting way to look at it – something I missed; Heathcliff’s frustration at Cathy Sr. Coming out in the way he treated Cathy. Surely he wasn’t upset enough to hit her like that otherwise.

  7. (Grr, ignore above, wrong choice of log-in)

    Wow, yes this week really fleshed out Heathcliff’s complexity – the graveyard stuff was at once creepy and shocking yet touchingly intensely romantic. Linton on the other hand is just all round creepy and loathsome, a rank bad hat indeed – and I was glad to see that the penny has finally dropped over this for Cathy.

    The other shocking part was the ferocity of Heathcliff’s violence towards Cathy when he knocks her down, again showing the visceral nature of his emotions towards Cathy as an extension of her mother, as much as his feelings just towards her.

    Edgar’s death though does redeem Cathy somewhat for me as well, showing the depth of her feelings towards him,

    Really though the plot now seems to be racing along, and I’m eager to see how everything resolves itself, especially in regard to how Heathcliff’ feelings of being haunted and the Cathy/Linton/Hareton triangle all play out.

  8. So much action! The reading this week was one plot point after another. EB definately picked up the pace! Heathrow didn’t really bother me that much. Maybe because i already expect his behavior to be so dreadful. I was suprised at his hitting Cathy, and think the physical violence took the emotional tangle to another level. I suspect the was the first time Cathy has ever been struck. Linton is troubled. I don’t think the way he changes character one moment to the next is solely because he’s afraid of Heathcliff. He is emotionally manipulative throughout, and even more so in his dealings with Cathy at first when she was visiting. He’s nasty and selfish. I can’t understand why Cathy would tolerate his behavior given how she was raised. Then again, she’s pretty awful herself.

    Did anyone pick up on Nelly talking to our narrator ( whats his name again?) and saying that she knew he was in love with Cathy and his agreeing? Where did that come from?

    • I was surprised to see this come up again, though I wondered about it in week 4. There I noted this quote from the end of Chapter 14. “I’ll extract wholesome medicines from Mrs. Dean’s bitten herb; and firstly, let me beware of the fascination that lurks in Catherine Heathcliff’s brilliant eyes. I should be in a curious taking if I surrendered my heart to that young person and the daughter turned out a second edition of the mother.” Seeing it here again, made me wonder what, if anything, will happen with this inference?

        • I agree, Missy, and maybe Emily was letting the reader know just how beautiful Cathy is by a stranger and outsider being so quickly enchanted by her.

          • I think there are different kinds of love. There is a steady love and there is a passionate, consuming love. Part of the reason I love this story so much is that this type of passionate, irrational love was Not common to be written about by women in this era. I think it’s fascinating to know that it existed – that they weren’t all part of a puritanical Victorian mold.

    • “I was surprised at his hitting Cathy, and think the physical violence took the emotional tangle to another level” ——> YES! I hadn’t thought of the violence in the story in that way, about how it isn’t apart from the emotional turmoil of the characters, but rather complements it. Heathcliff seems to know how to use physical violence to his advantage, as he strikes Linton and Cathy only often enough to keep them where he wants them mentally.

  9. Because I was looking at my earlier posts to find mention of Lockwood having some interest in Cathy, I was able to see my compassion for Heathcliff erode, my nebulous feelings about Ellen grow more positive, my initial distaste for Edgar Linton ease to the point where I felt deep regret over his loss in this week’s reading. Seeing him talk of frequent trips to Catherine’s grave and how for years he sought death as a chance to be reunited with her, I felt myself gain a new appreciation for him. As a young man, he scorned Heathcliff and I felt it was the Victorian “gentleman” looking down on a less fortunate man. Perhaps it was, he was young and most likely somewhat full of himself, but perhaps his dislike for Heathcliff was at a more gut reaction level, that he felt the inroads Heathcliff made on his home, his wife, and his family less because he didn’t like H., but because he better took H’s measure and understood more the depths of H’s character. It may have been both, but his worry about his daughter, his hope to redeem her and his nephew, showed a bigger and kinder heart than I had previously considered.

    Maybe it is these subtle changes in our feelings towards characters as they develop that is a testimony to Bronte’s power. When do we change from one opinion of them to another? I no longer dislike Cathy at all. At first, I felt she was a bit spoiled, but I now put down to youth and innocence much of her earlier conduct. I agree with Roberta on this. Cathy tries to make everyone happy, she is in love with being in love, she hurts people – both Linton and Hereton, but she is also a kind soul, loves her father and Nelly dearly, accepts responsibility for what has happened, agrees with H. so she can get the marriage over and get back to her father as promised. She accepts the consequences and she does not seem to be about to allow herself to wallow in pity. She seems defiant, more like her mother now that she heads back to her mother’s home. Who will emerge?

    • I agree with everything you have said here, Mary Ann! Great point about Edgar, I found my opinion of him changing throughout the reading, as well. Most importantly, he wasn’t preoccupied with the drama that was surrounding the family and he concentrated on raising his daughter and giving her a loving, healthy childhood (aside from the isolation).

      The development of the characters in this novel is astounding. As I mentioned last week, Bronte seems to use the established characters of Catherine and Heathcliff to ground our opinions of Cathy and Linton, but allows them to diverge from the personalities of their parents and create their own characters that have a great deal of depth.

  10. One thing that I had to say about this week’s reading is that I was so confused about what Catherine/Cathy was being written about. I had to keep going back to re-read passages in order to figure it out. It was a tiny bit annoying but the overall effect of almost forcing the reader to see just how doomed the younger generation is mostly because of the doings of the older generation was pretty amazing! Because Ellen was narrating, I couldn’t help but wonder if even she sees just how much the present is replaying the past. Her thoughts about Catherine and Cathy seem to be really melded together.

    To me, the sort of fatalistic notion that the present is controlled by the past was really clear this week. Bronte is brilliant even when she’s totally and utterly confusing the heck out of me!

    Heathcliff continues to be oh so nasty. He’s so fun to hate!

  11. Weird section. Felt that Cathy was a little brat for most of the time and am starting not to like her. As for Heathcliff, talk about creepy. I just shudder at what he saw and experienced. It gives me shivers just thinking about it.

    Back to the book. Heathcliff definitely got his revenge back with basically holding Cathy and Nelly hostage. And at this point really don’t feel sorry for everybody, as everybody in the book has shown their true colours as being shelfish and somewhat vain to some degree or another. I am curious as to how this is going to end, even though I vaguely know how it does end.

  12. Linton is so weasily cunning. The scene where he’s explaining to Cathy that she will be locked at the Heights until they are married is so… infuriating. Whiney brat, complaining about the tea that Cathy is crying into, instead of realizing that they are essentially keeping a person hostage. No thanks.

    Hareton, I’ve always had a secret soft spot for you! I feel as if he’s a product of his harsh upbringing but deep down, he wants to be good! Cathy’s harsh words about his lack of education wouldn’t cut him to the quick so much if he didn’t have a heart buried underneath.

    Heathcliff is legit crazy, but I love him.

    • I agree on all points :-) I was surprised at just how selfish Linton is. He thinks of no one but his self. Hareton is emerging the most likable of all, and Heathcliff is one of those rare despicable characters that are so attractive!

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