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that he may be inclined to deal leniently towards him.”

When I reached the Heights, I explained that I had come to see
everything carried on decently; and Joseph, who appeared in
sufficient distress, expressed satisfaction at my presence. Mr.
Heathcliff said he did not perceive that I was wanted; but I might
stay and order the arrangements for the funeral, if I chose.

“Correctly,” he remarked, “that fool’s body should be buried at
the crossroads, without ceremony of any kind. I happened to leave
him ten minutes yesterday afternoon, and in that interval he
fastened the two doors of the house against me, and he has spent
the night in drinking himself to death deliberately! We broke in
this morning, for we heard him snorting like a horse; and there he
was, laid over the settle; flaying and scalping would not have
wakened him. I sent for Kenneth, and he came; but not till the
beast had changed into carrion: he was both dead and cold, and
stark; and so you’ll allow, it was useless making more stir about

The old servant confirmed his statement, but muttered:
“Aw’d rayther he’d goan hisseln fur t’ doctor! Aw sud uh taen
tent uh t’ maister better nur him--un he warn’t deead when Aw
left, nowt uh t’ soart!”

I insisted on the funeral being respectable. Mr. Heathcliff said I
might have my own way there too; only, he desired me to
remember that the money for the whole affair came out of his

He maintained a hard, careless deportment, indicative of
neither joy nor sorrow; if anything, it expressed a flinty
gratification at a piece of difficult work successfully executed. I
observed once, indeed, something like exultation in his aspect: it

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