Welcome to Wuthering Heights Wednesday! I’m hosting a read-along of this classic novel, and we’re reading (and posting about) 3 chapters a week. Joining me in this adventure are:
- Literate Housewife
- Vivienne( Serendipidy)
- Messy Karen
- Jenny (Take Me Away)
- Ti (Book Chatter)
- Lisa – Lit And Life
- Dar@ Peeking Between the Pages
- J.C. Montgomery (The Biblio Blogazine)
- JoAnn (Lakeside Musing)
- Gentle Reader (Shelf Life)
- Amy at New Century Reading
- Geri at One More Foggy Notion
Each week I’ll be posting a synopsis (which could contain spoilers, so fair warning) and my thoughts. Here we go…
Chapters 4 through 6
After Lockwood returns home he chats up his housekeeper to see if she can provide any gossip about his neighbors at Wuthering Heights. Lucky for Lockwood, Nelly Dean used to work for the Earnshaw family, the original owners of Wuthering Heights, and she likes to dish. Here’s the scoop:
Back in the day, Mr. Earnshaw and his family lived at Wuthering Heights. There were two children, Catherine and Hindley, who was the older brother. When Catherine and Hindley were young, their father brought Heathcliff home from a trip to Liverpool, where he found him half feral on the streets.
Heathcliff grew up with Catherine and Hindley. Although Catherine originally joined her brother in tormenting Heathcliff, she soon changed her mind and the two became thick as thieves. Hindley, however, never overcame his animosity. After Mr. Earnshaw died and Hindley became the master of Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff was treated like a servant. Catherine and Heathcliff were not happy unless they were able to escape together to go traipsing across the moors.
One day, while they were out gallivanting around the moors, Catherine and Heathcliff happened upon Thrushcross Grange (the current home of Lockwood, by the way). Spying at the window, they see two other children arguing over a dog. Catherine and Heathcliff realize this is the home of the Lintons, and the children are Edgar and Isabella. Discovered after they begin to mock the other two children, Catherine is chased and bitten on the ankle by the dog. The parents come running, and even thought they realize who he is, Heathcliff is chased off, mostly because he looks like a poor gypsy. Catherine, however, gets to stay, to recuperate from her dog bite. Heathcliff returns home to tell Nelly of their adventure.
I’m still enjoying it. In fact, it’s all I can do to pace myself and not race ahead. The characters are starting to fall into place, and Heathcliff’s childhood is providing some insight into his grim character.
I’m reading the new Penguin edition, and I adore the cover (it’s the same cover that I used for the Wuthering Heights Wednesday badge). And Heathcliff is on the back. Is this not the perfect rendition?
Okay, Heathcliff might look a little vampire-ish, but I still like it.