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Chapter 5

In the course of time, Mr. Earnshaw began to fail. He had been
active and healthy, yet his strength left him suddenly; and
when he was confined to the chimney-corner he grew
grievously irritable. A nothing vexed him, and suspected slights of
his authority nearly threw him into fits.

This was especially to be remarked if any one attempted to impose
upon, or domineer over, his favourite; he was painfully jealous lest
a word should be spoken amiss to him, seeming to have got into
his head the notion that, because he liked Heathcliff, all hated, and
longed to do him an ill-turn.

It was a disadvantage to the lad, for the kinder among us did
not wish to fret the master, so we humoured his partiality; and
that humouring was rich nourishment to the child’s pride and
black tempers. Still it became in a manner necessary; twice, or
thrice, Hindley’s manifestations of scorn, while his father was
near, roused the old man to a fury: he seized his stick to strike
him, and shook with rage that he could not do it.

At last, our curate (we had a curate then who made the living
answer by teaching the little Lintons and Earnshaws, and farming
his bit of land himself) advised that the young man should be sent
to college; and Mr. Earnshaw agreed, though with a heavy spirit,
for he said,

“Hindley was naught, and would never thrive as where he

I hoped heartily we should have peace now. It hurt me to think
the master should be made uncomfortable by his own good deed. I
fancied the discontent of age and disease arose from his family

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