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because I behaved so foolishly on entering: I’ve cried too,
bitterly--yes, more than any one else has reason to cry. We parted
unreconciled, you remember, and I shan’t forgive myself. But, for
all that, I was not going to sympathise with him--the brute beast!
O, give me the poker! This is the last thing of his I have about me:”
she slipped the gold ring from her third finger, and threw it on the
floor. “I’ll smash it!” she continued, striking it with childish spite,
“and then I’ll burn it!” and she took and dropped the misused
article among the coals. “There! he shall buy another, if he gets me
back again. He’d be capable of coming to seek me, to tease
Edgar--I dare not stay, lest that notion should possess his wicked
head! And besides, Edgar has not been kind, has he? And I won’t
come suing for his assistance; nor will I bring him into more
trouble. Necessity compelled me to seek shelter here; though, if I
had not learned he was out of the way, I’d have halted at the
kitchen, washed my face, warmed myself, got you to bring what I
wanted, and departed again to anywhere out of reach of my
accursed--of that incarnate goblin! Ah, he was in such a fury! If he
had caught me! It’s a pity Earnshaw is not his match in strength: I
wouldn’t have run till I’d seen him all but demolished, had
Hindley been able to do it!”

“Well, don’t talk so fast, Miss!” I interrupted; “you’ll disorder
the handkerchief I have tied round your face, and make the cut
bleed again. Drink your tea, and take breath, and give over
laughing--laughter is sadly out of place under this roof, and in
your condition!”

“An undeniable truth,” she replied. “Listen to that child! It
maintains a constant wail--send it out of my hearing for an hour; I
shan’t stay any longer.”

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