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
- Rob at Books are Like Candy Corn
- Trish at Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity
Each week I’ll be posting a synopsis (which could contain spoilers, so fair warning) and my thoughts. Here we go…
Chapters 5-7 (of Volume II)
The first two chapters in this trio were very short. To summarize, Isabella dies and Edgar brings Linton home to Thrushcross Grange. This is short-lived, however, as Heathcliff exercises his parental rights and demands Linton come to live at Wuthering Heights. Linton sniffles and whines, and everyone tells him to buck up…his father’s a good chap and loves him very much. Basically, they all lied to his face. I’d feel sorry for the poor guy if he wasn’t such a whiny little brat.
In Chapter 8, Catherine II goes for a walk on the moors and runs into Heathcliff, who convinces her to stop by for a neighborly visit, much to Nelly’s disgust. At Wuthering Heights she meets Linton (again) who has grown up to be not so peevish looking (although he is still whiny). Here’s a hilarious description of both Linton and Catherine II:
“Catherine had reached her full height; her figure was both plump and slender (??), elastic as steel (????), and her whole aspect sparkling with health and spirits (she sounds like champagne). Linton’s looks and movements were very languid, and his form extremely slight; but there was grace in his manner that mitigated these defects, and rendered him not unpleasing.” p. 220
Evidently, it was love at first sight and the two start sending love letters to each other. Even Nelly, when she discovered their hijinks, was doubtful that they could fall in love over a few meetings.
Things are starting to heat up again! Heathcliff, that conniver, has hopes for a marriage between his son and Catherine II. Edgar would be appalled if he knew. I’m surprised no one is concerned about the possible effects of inbreeding…after all, they are cousins.