"Wuthering Heights," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

March 26, 2013
A strong current of revenge flows through the pages of Emily Bronte's gothic romance, "Wuthering Heights" (etext found here).

Learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-9, Chapters 10-14, Chapters 15-20, Chapters 21-26, Chapters 27-30, Chapters 31-34
I do myself the honour of calling as soon as possible after my arrival, to express the hope that I have not inconvenienced you by my perseverance in soliciting the occupation of Thrushcross Grange.
Even the gate over which he leant manifested no sympathizing movement to the words; and I think that circumstance determined me to accept the invitation.
Joseph was an elderly, nay, an old man--very old, perhaps, though hale and sinewy.
Joseph was an elderly, nay, an old man--very old, perhaps, though hale and sinewy.
"The Lord help us!" he soliloquized in an undertone of peevish displeasure, while relieving me of my horse, looking, meantime, in my face so sourly that I charitably conjectured he must have need of divine aid to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent.
Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed.
One may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house, and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun.
Above the chimney were sundry villainous old guns and a couple of horse-pistols, and, by way of ornament, three gaudily painted canisters disposed along its ledge.
The apartment and furniture would have been nothing extraordinary as belonging to a homely, northern farmer with a stubborn countenance and stalwart limbs set out to advantage in knee-breeches and gaiters.
He is a dark-skinned gipsy in aspect; in dress and manners a gentleman -- that is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire; rather slovenly, perhaps, yet not looking amiss with his negligence, because he has an erect and handsome figure, and rather morose.
I bestow my own attributes over liberally on him.
Joseph mumbled indistinctly in the depths of the cellar, but gave no intimation of ascending; so his master dived down to him, leaving me vis-a-vis the ruffianly bitch and a pair of grim shaggy sheep-dogs, who shared with her a jealous guardianship over all my movements.
Not anxious to come in contact with their fangs, I sat still; but, imagining they would scarcely understand tacit insults, I unfortunately indulged in winking and making faces at the trio, and some turn of my physiognomy so irritated madam that she suddenly broke into a fury and leapt on my knees.
Not anxious to come in contact with their fangs, I sat still; but, imagining they would scarcely understand tacit insults, I unfortunately indulged in winking and making faces at the trio, and some turn of my physiognomy so irritated madam that she suddenly broke into a fury and leapt on my knees.
I flung her back, and hastened to interpose the table between us.
Mr. Heathcliff and his man climbed the cellar steps with vexatious phlegm.
I don't think they moved one second faster than usual, though the hearth was an absolute tempest of worrying and yelping.
He--probably swayed by prudential consideration of the folly of offending a good tenant--relaxed a little in the laconic style of chipping off his pronouns and auxiliary verbs, and introduced what he supposed would be a subject of interest to me--a discourse on the advantages and disadvantages of my present place of retirement.
I ejaculated, mentally, "you deserve perpetual isolation from your species for your churlish inhospitality.
I obeyed, and hemmed, and called the villain Juno, who deigned, at this second interview, to move the extreme tip of her tail, in token of owning my acquaintance.
Well, then, I must trust to my own sagacity."
They could not every day sit so grim and taciturn; and it was impossible, however ill-tempered they might be, that the universal scowl they wore was their everyday countenance.
"My amiable lady!" he interrupted, with an almost diabolical sneer on his face.
I might have seen there was too great a disparity between the ages of the parties to make it likely that they were man and wife.
"Ah, certainly--I see now; you are the favoured possessor of the beneficent fairy," I remarked, turning to my neighbour.
I imagined for a moment that this piece of eloquence was addressed to me; and, sufficiently enraged, stepped towards the aged rascal with an intention of kicking him out of the door.
The red cow didn't die by chance, and your rheumatism can hardly be reckoned among providential visitations!"
"No, reprobate; you are a castaway.
"Take the road you came," she answered, ensconcing herself in a chair, with a candle, and the long book open before her.
It will not suit me to permit any one the range of the place while I am off guard!" said the unmannerly wretch.
" Hearken, hearken; shoo's cursing on 'em!" muttered Joseph, towards whom I had been steering.
Then, hatless and trembling with wrath, I ordered the miscreants to let me out--on their peril to keep me one minute longer--with several incoherent threats of retaliation that, in their indefinite depth of virulency, smacked of King Lear.
In vapid listlessness I leant my head against the window, and continued spelling over Catherine Earnshaw-- Heathcliff--Linton, till my eyes closed.
I snuffed it off, and, very ill at ease under the influence of cold and lingering nausea, sat up and spread open the injured tome on my knee.
Hindley is a detestable substitute--his conduct to Heathcliff is atrocious--H. and I are going to rebel--we took our initiatory step this evening.
I took my dingy volume by the scroop, and hurled it into the dog-kennel, vowing I hated a good book.
Then there was a hubbub!
I suppose Catherine fulfilled her project, for the next sentence took up another subject; she waxed lachrymose.
Hindley calls him a vagabond, and won't let him sit with us, nor eat with us any more; and he says, he and I must not play together, and threatens to turn him out of the house if we break his orders.
They were of the most curious character--odd transgressions that I never imagined previously.
How I writhed, and yawned, and nodded, and revived!
Fellow- martyrs, have at him!
Every man's hand was against his neighbour; and Branderham, unwilling to remain idle, poured forth his zeal in a shower of loud taps on the boards of the pulpit, which responded so smartly that at last, to my unspeakable relief, they woke me.
Still it wailed, "Let me in!" and maintained its tenacious gripe, almost maddening me with fear.
The fingers relaxed; I snatched mine through the hole, hurriedly piled the books up in a pyramid against it, and stopped my ears to exclude the lamentable prayer.
I seemed to keep them closed above a quarter of an hour; yet the instant I listened again, there was the doleful cry moaning on!
I've been a waif for twenty years!"
I did not know whether to resent this language or pursue my explanation; but he seemed so powerfully affected that I took pity and proceeded with my dreams, affirming I had never heard the appellation of "Catherine Linton" before, but reading it often over produced an impression which personified itself when I had no longer my imagination under control.
I guessed, however, by his irregular and intercepted breathing, that he struggled to vanquish an excess of violent emotion.
I obeyed, so far as to quit the chamber; when, ignorant where the narrow lobbies led, I stood still, and was witness, involuntarily, to a piece of superstition on the part of my landlord which belied oddly his apparent sense.

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