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resolved, previous to his coming, on exhibiting a fit of frenzy.

I incautiously gave the account aloud, and she heard me; for
she started up--her hair flying over her shoulders, her eyes
flashing, the muscles of her neck and arms standing out
preternaturally. I made up my mind for broken bones, at least; but
she only glared about her for an instant, and then rushed from the

The master directed me to follow; I did, to her chamber door:
she hindered me from going further by securing it against me.

As she never offered to descend to breakfast next morning, I
went to ask whether she would have some carried up.

“No!” she replied peremptorily.
The same question was repeated at dinner and tea; and again
on the morrow after, and received the same answer.

Mr. Linton, on his part, spent his time in the library, and did
not inquire concerning his wife’s occupations. Isabella and he had
had an hour’s interview, during which he tried to elicit from her
some sentiment of proper horror for Heathcliff’s advances; but he
could make nothing of her evasive replies, and was obliged to close
the examination unsatisfactorily, adding, however, a solemn
warning, that if she were so insane as to encourage that worthless
suitor, it would dissolve all bonds of relationship between herself
and him.

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