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glare of white letters started from the dark, as vivid as spectres--
the air swarmed with Catherines; and rousing myself to dispel the
obtrusive name, I discovered my candle wick reclining on one of
the antique volumes, and perfuming the place with an odour of
roasted calf-skin. I snuffed it off, and, very ill at ease under the
influence of cold and lingering nausea, sat up and spread open the
injured tome on my knee. It was a Testament, in lean type, and
smelling dreadfully musty: a flyleaf bore the inscription--
“Catherine Earnshaw, her book,” and a date some quarter of a
century back. I shut it, and took up another, and another, till I had
examined all. Catherine’s library was select, and its state of
dilapidation proved it to have been well used, though not
altogether for a legitimate purpose: scarcely one chapter had
escaped a pen-and-ink commentary--at least, the appearance of
one--covering every morsel of blank that the printer had left.
Some were detached sentences; other parts took the form of a
regular diary, scrawled in an unformed, childish hand. At the top
of an extra page (quite a treasure, probably, when first lighted on)
I was greatly amused to behold an excellent caricature of my
friend Joseph--rudely yet powerfully sketched. An immediate
interest kindled within me for the unknown Catherine, and I
began forthwith to decipher her faded hieroglyphics.

“An awful Sunday!” commenced the paragraph beneath. “I
wish my father were back again. Hindley is a detestable
substitute--his conduct to Heathcliff is atrocious--H. and I are
going to rebel--we took our initiatory step this evening.

“All day had been flooding with rain; we could not go to church,
so Joseph must needs get up a congregation in the garret; and,
while Hindley and his wife basked downstairs before a

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