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water; but mine are boiling, and the sight of such chillness makes
“To get rid of me, answer my question,” persevered Mr. Linton.
“You must answer it; and that violence does not alarm me. I have
found that you can be as stoical as any one, when you please. Will
you give up Heathcliff hereafter, or will you give up me? It is
impossible for you to be my friend and his at the same time, and I
absolutely require to know which you choose.”
“I require to be let alone!” exclaimed Catherine furiously. “I
demand it! Don’t you see I can scarcely stand? Edgar, you--you
She rung the bell till it broke with a twang; I entered leisurely.
It was enough to try the temper of a saint, such senseless, wicked
rages! There she lay dashing her head against the arm of the sofa,
and grinding her teeth, so that you might fancy she would crash
them to splinters!
Mr. Linton stood looking at her in sudden compunction and
fear. He told me to fetch some water. She had no breath for
I brought a glass full; and, as she would not drink, I sprinkled it
on her face. In a few seconds she stretched herself out stiff, and
turned up her eyes, while her cheeks, at once blanched and livid,
assumed the aspect of death.
Linton looked terrified.
“There is nothing in the world the matter,” I whispered. I did
not want him to yield, though I could not help being afraid in my
“She has blood on her lips!” he said, shuddering.
“Never mind!” I answered tartly. And I told him how she had