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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Barron's Booknotes
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- Ellen is released from her room. While sucking on candy,
Linton tells how Cathy's mouth filled with blood when
Heathcliff hit her. You've seen before how Emily Bronte
juxtaposes the everyday with the horrifying or the
mysterious. In this case the candy makes both Linton and
his story all the more perverse. You have additional proof
that cruelty has overshadowed love in Heathcliff's heart
when Linton tells you how Heathcliff took Cathy's locket,
which contained a picture of her father, and crushed it
under his foot. How your feelings toward Heathcliff have
changed since he replaced Edgar's hair with his own in
Cathy's mother's locket! Edgar wants to change his will so
that Cathy's personal property will not automatically
become her husband's (and thus Heathcliff's). Edgar wants
to be certain that the property will be Cathy's for life, and
then belong to her children. But the lawyer has become
Heathcliff's pawn, and arrives too late to alter the will.

Although Heathcliff turns away the servants Ellen sends to
rescue Cathy, the girl frightens Linton into letting her out,
and she is reunited with her father just before he dies. His
death is peaceful, even blissful. He speaks of going to his
wife and seeing his daughter later. Ellen and Cathy haven't
told him, of course, about Heathcliff's latest trick. Edgar's
happiness may depend on ignorance, but a peaceful ending
seems only just for a man who led such a calm and caring

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