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mourning--surely it is -and she may be lamed for life!’

“‘What culpable carelessness in her brother!’ exclaimed Mr.
Linton, turning from me to Catherine. ‘I’ve understood from
Shielders’ (that was the curate, sir) ‘that he lets her grow up in
absolute heathenism. But who is this? Where did she pick up this
companion? Oho! I declare he is that strange acquisition my late
neighbour made, in his journey to Liverpool--a little Lascar, or an
American or Spanish castaway.’

“‘A wicked boy, at all events,’ remarked the old lady, ‘and quite
unfit for a decent house! Did you notice his language, Linton? I’m
shocked that my children should have heard it.’

“I recommenced cursing--don’t be angry, Nelly--and so Robert
was ordered to take me off. I refused to go without Cathy; he
dragged me into the garden, pushed the lantern into my hand,
assured me that Mr. Earnshaw should be informed of my
behaviour, and, bidding me march directly, secured the door

The curtains were still looped up at one corner, and I resumed
my station as spy; because, if Catherine had wished to return, I
intended shattering their great glass panes to a million of
fragments, unless they let her out.

She sat on the sofa quietly. Mrs. Linton took off the grey cloak
of the dairymaid which we had borrowed for our excursion,
shaking her head and expostulating with her, I suppose: she was a
young lady, and they made a distinction between her treatment
and mine. Then the woman-servant brought a basin of warm
water, and washed her feet; and Mr. Linton mixed a tumbler of
negus, and Isabella emptied a plateful of cakes into her lap, and
Edgar stood gaping at a distance. Afterwards, they dried and

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