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you are not angry with me--you have no reason to dislike me--
you allow, yourself. Dear uncle! send me a kind note tomorrow,
and leave to join you anywhere you please, except at Thrushcross
Grange. I believe an interview would convince you that my
father’s character is not mine: he affirms I am more your nephew
than his son; and though I have faults which render me unworthy
of Catherine, she has excused them, and, for her sake, you should
also. You inquire after my health--it is better; but while I remain
cut off from all hope, and doomed to solitude, or the society of
those who never did and never will like me, how can I be cheerful
and well?”

Edgar, though he felt for the boy, could not consent to grant his
request; because he could not accompany Catherine.

He said, in summer, perhaps, they might meet; meantime, he
wished him to continue writing at intervals, and engaged to give
him what advice and comfort he was able by letter; being well
aware of his hard position in his family.

Linton complied; and had he been unrestrained, would
probably have spoiled all by filling his epistles with complaints
and lamentations; but his father kept a sharp watch over him, and,
of course, insisted on every line that my master sent being shown;
so, instead of penning his peculiar personal sufferings and
distresses, the themes constantly uppermost in his thoughts, he
harped on the cruel obligation of being held asunder from his
friend and love; and gently intimated that Mr. Linton must allow
an interview soon, or he should fear he was purposely deceiving
him with empty promises.

Cathy was a powerful ally at home; and, between them, they at
length persuaded my master to acquiesce in their having a ride or

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