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and how Papa would object to my going; and then I negotiated
with him about the pony. He is fond of reading, and he thinks of
leaving soon to get married; so he offered, if I would lend him
books out of the library, to do what I wished; but I preferred giving
him my own, and that satisfied him better.

“On my second visit, Linton seemed in lively spirits; and Zillah
(that is their housekeeper) made us a clean room and a good fire,
and told us that, as Joseph was out at a prayer-meeting and
Hareton Earnshaw was off with his dogs, robbing our woods of
pheasants, as I heard afterwards--we might do what we liked.

“She brought me some warm wine and gingerbread, and
appeared exceedingly good-natured; and Linton sat in the
armchair, and I in the little rocking-chair on the hearthstone, and
we laughed and talked so merrily, and found so much to say: we
planned where we would go, and what we would do in summer. I
needn’t repeat that, because you would call it silly.

“One time, however, we were near quarrelling. He said the
pleasantest manner of spending a hot July day was lying from
morning till evening on a bank of heath in the middle of the
moors, with the bees humming dreamily about among the bloom,
and the larks singing high up overhead, and the blue sky and
bright sun shining steadily and cloudlessly. That was his most
perfect idea of heaven’s happiness--mine was rocking in a rustling
green tree, with a west wind blowing, and bright white clouds
flitting rapidly above; and not only larks, but throstles, and
blackbirds, and linnets, and cuckoos pouring out music on every
side, and the moors seen at a distance, broken into cool dusky
dells; but close by great swells of long grass undulating in waves to
the breeze; and woods and sounding water, and the whole world

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