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we could invent for her was to keep her separate from him; yet she
got chided more than any of us on his account.
In play, she liked exceedingly to act the little mistress, using her
hands freely, and commanding her companions: she did so to me,
but I would not bear slapping and ordering, and so I let her know.
Now, Mr. Earnshaw did not understand jokes from his children:
he had always been strict and grave with them; and Catherine, on
her part, had no idea why her father should be crosser and less
patient in his ailing condition than he was in his prime.
His peevish reproofs wakened in her a naughty delight to
provoke him: she was never so happy as when we were all
scolding her at once, and she defying us with her bold, saucy look,
and her ready words; turning Joseph’s religious curses into
ridicule, baiting me, and doing just what her father hated most,--
showing how her pretended insolence, which he thought real, had
more power over Heathcliff than his kindness; how the boy would
do her bidding in anything, and his only when it suited his own
After behaving as badly as possible all day, she sometimes came
fondling to make it up at night.
“Nay, Cathy,” the old man would say, “I cannot love thee;
thou’rt worse than thy brother. Go, say thy prayers, child, and ask
God’s pardon. I doubt thy mother and I must rue that we ever
That made her cry, at first; and then, being repulsed
continually hardened her, and she laughed if I told her to say she
was sorry for her faults and beg to be forgiven.
But the hour came, at last, that ended Mr. Earnshaw’s troubles
on earth. He died quietly in his chair one October evening, seated