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In her absence, I began to beg for Zillah’s place at the Heights,
offering to resign mine to her; but he would suffer it on no
account. He bid me be silent; and then, for the first time, allowed
himself a glance round the room, and a look at the pictures.
Having studied Mrs. Linton, he said:

“I shall have that home. Not because I need it, but--”
He turned abruptly to the fire, and continued, with what, for
lack of a better word, I must call a smile--

“I’ll tell you what I did yesterday! I got the sexton, who was
digging Linton’s grave, to remove the earth off her coffin-lid, and I
opened it. I thought, once, I would have stayed there, when I saw
her face again--it is hers yet--he had hard work to stir me; but he
said it would change if the air blew on it, and so I struck one side
of the coffin loose, and covered it up--not Linton’s side, damn
him! I wish he’d been soldered in lead--and I bribed the sexton to
pull it away, when I’m laid there, and slide mine out too. I’ll have it
made so; and then, by the time Linton gets to us, he’ll not know
which is which!”

“You were very wicked, Mr. Heathcliff!” I exclaimed; “were you
not ashamed to disturb the dead?”

“I disturbed nobody, Nelly,” he replied, “and I gave some ease
to myself. I shall be a great deal more comfortable now; and you’ll
have a better chance of keeping me underground, when I get
there. Disturbed her? No! she has disturbed me, night and day,
through eighteen years--incessantly--remorselessly--till
yesternight; and yesternight I was tranquil. I dreamt I was
sleeping the last sleep by that sleeper, with my heart stopped and
my cheek frozen against hers.”

“And if she had been dissolved into earth, or worse, what would

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