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keep Heathcliff for my friend--if Edgar will be mean and jealous,
I’ll try to break their hearts by breaking my own. That will be a
prompt way of finishing all, when I am pushed to extremity! But
it’s a deed to be reserved for a forlorn hope; I’d not take Linton by
surprise with it. To this point he has been discreet in dreading to
provoke me; you must represent the peril of quitting that policy,
and remind him of my passionate temper, verging, when kindled,
on frenzy. I wish you could dismiss that apathy out of your
countenance, and look rather more anxious about me!”

The stolidity with which I received these instructions was, no
doubt, rather exasperating; for they were delivered in perfect
sincerity; but I believed a person who could plan the turning of
her fits of passion to account, beforehand, might, by exerting her
will, manage to control herself tolerably, even while under their
influence; and I did not wish to “frighten” her husband, as she
said, and multiply his annoyances for the purpose of serving her

Therefore I said nothing when I met the master coming
towards the parlour; but I took the liberty of turning back to listen
whether they would resume their quarrel together. He began to
speak first.

“Remain where you are, Catherine,” he said, without any anger
in his voice, but with much sorrowful despondency. “I shall not
stay. I am neither come to wrangle nor be reconciled; but I wish
just to learn whether, after this evening’s events, you intend to
continue your intimacy with--”

“Oh, for mercy’s sake,” interrupted the mistress, stamping her
foot, “for mercy’s sake, let us hear no more of it now! Your cold
blood cannot be worked into a fever--your veins are full of ice-

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