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to his? Before you leave this house, I must exact a promise from
you, that you’ll get me an interview with her: consent, or refuse, I
will see her! What do you say?”

“I say, Mr. Heathcliff,” I replied, “you must not--you never
shall, through my means. Another encounter between you and the
master would kill her altogether.”

“With your aid, that may be avoided,” he continued; “and
should there be danger of such an event--should he be the cause
of adding a single trouble more to her existence--why, I think I
shall be justified in going to extremes! I wish you had sincerity
enough to tell me whether Catherine would suffer greatly from his
loss: the fear that she would restrains me. And there you see the
distinction between our feelings: had he been in my place and I in
his, though I hated him with a hatred that turned my life to gall, I
never would have raised a hand against him. You may look
incredulous, if you please! I never would have banished him from
her society as long as she desired his. The moment her regard
ceased, I would have torn his heart out, and drank his blood! But,
till then--if you don’t believe me, you don’t know me--till then, I
would have died by inches before I touched a single hair of his

“And yet,” I interrupted, “you have no scruples in completely
ruining all hopes of her perfect restoration, by thrusting yourself
into her remembrance now, when she has nearly forgotten you,
and involving her in a new tumult of discord and distress.”

“You suppose she has nearly forgotten me?” he said. “Oh,
Nelly! you know she has not! You know as well as I do, that for
every thought she spends on Linton, she spends a thousand on
me! At a most miserable period of my life, I had a notion of the

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