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curate reprimanded his carelessness when they absented
themselves, and that reminded him to order Heathcliff a flogging,
and Catherine a fast from dinner or supper.

But it was one of their chief amusements to run away to the
moors in the morning and remain there all day, and the after
punishment grew a mere thing to laugh at. The curate might set as
many chapters as he pleased for Catherine to get by heart, and
Joseph might thrash Heathcliff till his arm ached; they forgot
everything the minute they were together again, at least the
minute they had contrived some naughty plan of revenge; and
many a time Iíve cried to myself to watch them growing more
reckless daily, and I not daring to speak a syllable, for fear of
losing the small power I still retained over the unfriended

One Sunday evening, it chanced that they were banished from
the sitting-room, for making a noise, or a light offence of the kind,
and when I went to call them to supper, I could discover them

We searched the house, above and below, and the yard and
stables; they were invisible; and, at last, Hindley in a passion told
us to bolt the doors, and swore nobody should let them in that

The household went to bed; and I, too anxious to lie down,
opened my lattice and put my head out to harken, though it
rained, determined to admit them in spite of the prohibition,
should they return.

In a while, I distinguished steps coming up the road, and the
light of a lantern glimmering through the gate.

I threw a shawl over my head and ran to prevent them from

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