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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Barron's Booknotes
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CHAPTER 2

Lockwood visits Wuthering Heights again, although he knows
Heathcliff doesn't want him. A sinister tone creeps in.
Heathcliff speaks so savagely to the young lady of the house
that Lockwood accuses him of having a genuinely bad nature.
Lockwood tries to figure out the relationships among his host,
this woman named Mrs. Heathcliff, and another resident, a
rudely dressed young man with a boorish manner but an air of
haughtiness that seems out of place in a servant. The woman,
he learns, is the widow of Heathcliff's late son. The young
man's position remains unclear. He says merely that he is
Hareton Earnshaw (you should recall, of course, that the
inscription over the door described in the first chapter reads
"1500 Hareton Earnshaw").



Lockwood realizes that a rising snowstorm will prevent him
from finding his way home without help. Heathcliff refuses to
guide him. He tells Lockwood that he can't sleep in the parlor,
since he doesn't trust him. The young lady hints darkly of
witchcraft. (Is she teasing? Everything seems possible in this
house.)

This chapter ends, as the first one did, with a dog incident, but
this one is much more frightening. Thinking that Lockwood
has stolen a lantern, Joseph sets the dogs on him, and
Heathcliff laughs as his guest bleeds. Lockwood is sick and
dizzy afterward, and when he is forced to spend the night you
get the first hint of the frustration that will play such a big part
in this story.

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