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“I have no pity! I have no pity! The more the worms writhe, the
more I yearn to crush out their entrails! It’s a moral teething; and I
grind with greater energy, in proportion to the increase of pain.”

“Do you understand what the word pity means?” I said,
hastening to resume my bonnet. “Did you ever feel a touch of it in
your life?”

“Put that down!” he interrupted, perceiving my intention to
depart. “You are not going yet. Come here now, Nelly: I must
either persuade or compel you to aid me in fulfilling my
determination to see Catherine, and that without delay. I swear
that I meditate no harm; I don’t desire to cause any disturbance,
or to exasperate or insult Mr. Linton; I only wish to hear from
herself how she is, and why she has been ill; and to ask if anything
that I could do would be of use to her. Last night, I was in the
Grange garden six hours, and I’ll return there tonight; and every
night I’ll haunt the place, and every day, till I find an opportunity
of entering. If Edgar Linton meets me, I shall not hesitate to knock
him down, and give him enough to insure his quiescence while I
stay. If his servants oppose me, I shall threaten them off with these
pistols. But wouldn’t it be better to prevent my coming in contact
with them, or their master? And you could do it so easily. I’d warn
you when I came, and then you might let me in unobserved, as
soon as she was alone, and watch till I departed, your conscience
quite calm: you would be hindering mischief.”

I protested against playing that treacherous part in my
employer’s house; and, besides, I urged the cruelty and selfishness
of his destroying Mrs. Linton’s tranquillity for his satisfaction.
“The commonest occurrence startles her painfully,” I said. “She’s

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