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in general take to foreigners, here, Mr. Lockwood, unless they take
to us first.

Young Earnshaw was altered considerably in the three years of
his absence. He had grown sparer, and lost his colour, and spoke
and dressed quite differently; and, on the very day of his return,
he told Joseph and me we must thenceforth quarter ourselves in
the back-kitchen, and leave the house for him. Indeed, he would
have carpeted and papered a small spare room for a parlour; but
his wife expressed such pleasure at the white floor and huge
glowing fireplace, at the pewter dishes and delf-case and dog
kennel, and the wide space there was to move about in where they
usually sat, that he thought it unnecessary to her comfort, and so
dropped the intention.

She expressed pleasure, too, at finding a sister among her new
acquaintance, and she prattled to Catherine, and kissed her, and
ran about with her, and gave her quantities of presents, at the
beginning. Her affection tired very soon, however, and when she
grew peevish, Hindley became tyrannical. A few words from her,
evincing a dislike to Heathcliff, were enough to rouse in him all his
old hatred of the boy. He drove him from their company to the
servants, deprived him of the instructions of the curate, and
insisted that he should labour out of doors instead, compelling him
to do so as hard as any other lad on the farm.

He bore his degradation pretty well at first, because Cathy
taught him what she learned, and worked or played with him in
the fields. They both promised fair to grow up as rude as savages,
the young master being entirely negligent how they behaved, and
what they did; so they kept clear of him. He would not even have
seen after their going to church on Sundays, only Joseph and the


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