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see them and hear them talk before I entered, and looked and
listened in consequence, being moved thereto by a mingled sense
of curiosity and envy that grew as I lingered.

“Con-trary!” said a voice as sweet as a silver bell--“That for the
third time, you dunce! I’m not going to tell you again. Recollect, or
I pull your hair!”

“Contrary, then,” answered another, in deep but softened
tones. “And now, kiss me, for minding so well.”

“No, read it over first correctly, without a single mistake.”
The male speaker began to read. He was a young man,
respectably dressed, and seated at a table, having a book before
him. His handsome features glowed with pleasure, and his eyes
kept impatiently wandering from the page to a small white hand
over his shoulder, which recalled him by a smart slap on the
cheek, whenever its owner detected such signs of inattention.

Its owner stood behind; her light shining ringlets blending, at
intervals, with his brown locks, as she bent to superintend his
studies; and her face--it was lucky he could not see her face, or he
would never have been so steady--I could, and I bit my lip, in
spite, at having thrown away the chance I might have had of doing
something besides staring at its smiting beauty.

The task was done, not free from further blunders, but the
pupil claimed a reward, and received at least five kisses, which,
however, he generously returned. Then they came to the door, and
from their conversation I judged they were about to issue out and
have a walk on the moors. I supposed I should be condemned in
Hareton Earnshaw’s heart, if not by his mouth, to the lowest pit in
the infernal regions, if I showed my unfortunate person in his
neighbourhood then; and feeling very mean and malignant, I

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