Last night we finished Wuthering Heights, with Nelly Dean at last in charge of the Heights and the Grange (even if Catherine & Hareton THINK they are). In honor of a very entertaining read, we thought we would share a few of our favorite quotations from the book…
“…he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Catherine Earnshaw to Nelly Dean, speaking of Heathcliff (chapter ix)
“My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods; time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Healthcliff! He’s always in my mind: not as a pleasure, 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…” – Catherine Earnshaw to Nelly Dean (chapter ix)
“You are worse than twenty foes, you poisonous friend!” – Isabella Linton to Catherine Linton (chapter x)
“‘Ah! Nelly has played traitor’…’Nelly is my hidden enemy. You witch!'” – a dying Catherine Linton in a moment of clarity, to Nelly Dean (chapter xxi)
“…passing harsh judgment on my many derelictions of duty, from which, it struck me then, all the misfortunes of my employers sprang” – Nelly Dean, in a moment of false remorse…one can imagine the innocent Lockwood shaking his head and denying her guilt in the story (chapter xxvii)
“I thought Heathcliff himself less guilty than I.” – Nelly Dean (see comment above), (chapter xxvii)
“When Hareton was there, she generally paused in an interesting part, and left the book lying about: that she did repeatedly…” – Nelly Dean describing how Catherine Linton would lure Hareton into learning to read (chapter xxxii)
We left the ghosts of Catherine & Heathcliff to play together for eternity among the heather on the moors.
Meanwhile, for our next book we decided to put off Jane Austen for now and keep it all in the family – moving on to Charlotte Brontë and “Jane Eyre”.