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“I think you belie her,” said Heathcliff, twisting his chair to face
them. “She wishes to be out of my society now, at any rate!”

And he stared hard at the object of discourse, as one might do
at a strange repulsive animal, a centipede from the Indies, for
instance, which curiosity leads one to examine in spite of the
aversion it raises.

The poor thing couldn’t bear that; she grew white and red in
rapid succession, and, while tears beaded her lashes, bent the
strength of her small fingers to loosen the firm clutch of Catherine;
and perceiving that as fast as she raised one finger off her arm
another closed down, and she could not remove the whole
together, she began to make use of her nails, and their sharpness
presently ornamented the detainer’s with crescents of red.

“There’s a tigress!” exclaimed Mrs. Linton, setting her free, and
shaking her hand with pain. “Begone, for God’s sake, and hide
your vixen face! How foolish to reveal those talons to him. Can’t
you fancy the conclusions he’ll draw? Look, Heathcliff! they are
instruments that will do execution--you must beware of your

“I’d wrench them off her fingers, if they ever menaced me,” he
answered brutally, when the door had closed after her. “But what
did you mean by teasing the creature in that manner, Cathy? You
were not speaking the truth, were you?”

“I assure you I was,” she returned. “She has been pining for
your sake several weeks; and raving about you this morning, and
pouring forth a deluge of abuse, because I represented your
failings in a plain light, for the purpose of mitigating her
adoration. But don’t notice it further: I wished to punish her
sauciness, that’s all. I like her too well, my dear Heathcliff, to let

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