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:
Each week I’ll be posting a synopsis (which could contain spoilers, so fair warning) and my thoughts. Here we go…
Chapters 7 through 9
Nelly (I’d call her Chatty Cathy, but there’s already too many Cathy’s roaming around in this book) continues to tell Lockwood about Catherine and Heathcliff’s childhood. We’ve moved into their adolescence, complete with moodiness and angst. Catherine seems to be a fickle, shallow teenager. She wants everyone to admire and cater to her, yet she doesn’t give much in return. Heathcliff just sulks around.
The first big news in chapters 7 through 9 is the birth of Little Hareton, Hindley’s son. Unfortunately, Hindley’s wife doesn’t last long after childbirth, and she exits stage left before we really get to know her. Hindley is distraught over Frances’s death, and turns into a crazy drunkard. At one point, he even pulls a Michael Jackson, dangling his son over the balcony. Except Hindley manages to drop poor Hareton. Luckily for Hareton, Heathcliff catches him. This does nothing to endear him to Hindley, however, and Heathcliff bemoans the fact that he missed his big opportunity to not ride to the rescue of his enemy and cause him more grief.
The second big news is that Catherine decides to get married. You know, because Edgar Linton is socially acceptable and loaded. And kind of cute, in a harmless way. Heathcliff may be her soulmate, but Catherine is more concerned about her reputation and social standing. Heathcliff doesn’t take kindly to this news, and disappears.
Catherine spends the night out in the rain searching for Heathcliff. She doesn’t find him, but does catch a nasty cold. Although she recovers, she manages to pass her cold off to Mr. and Mrs. Linton, who die. Nice going, Cathy, way to endear yourself to the future in-laws.
Those Earnshaws are nothing but trouble. Hindley is a mean drunk (someone needs to call CWS on him) and Catherine is developing into a major bitch. Why Heathcliff loves her is a big mystery. She’s self-centered and immature and if I were him, I’d never un-disappear.