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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Barron's Booknotes
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OTHER ELEMENTS

SETTING

There are only two houses in this novel: Wuthering Heights
and Thrushcross Grange. The former is associated with the
stormy side of life, the latter with the calm. Physically, there is
a great contrast between these houses. Wuthering Heights is a
strongly built and fierce-looking farmhouse. When Linton first
sees it he is frightened by the "carved front and lowbrowed
lattices, the straggling gooseberry bushes and crooked firs."
The building is battered by severe winds during the frequent
storms.



Thrushcross Grange, a large estate, is much more protected
from the elements. It lies in a valley, and the park around it is
enclosed by a stone wall. When Heathcliff first glimpses the
drawing room through a window, he thinks it's heaven-all
crimson, gold, and silver.

Yorkshire, where these houses are located, is a wild, bleak
spot. There are few trees; slopes of black rock cut swathes
through the heather, which is dull brown most of the year; little
streams tumble everywhere. There's a lot of rain, a lot of mist,
and a lot of snow. The people are taciturn, close fisted, and
often brutal. There is no other world in the novel, and there was
no other world for Emily Bronte.

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