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Narrator- Nelly/Ellen Dean
Summary- Mr Earnshaw grew old and sick, his wife had died some years before and with his illness,
he became `grievously irritable' by the time he was confined to the `chimney corner'; and
somewhat obsessed with the idea that people disliked his favourite, Heathcliff. and was spoilt as a
result, to keep Earnshaw happy, and Hindley, who became more and more bitter about the
situation, was sent away to college. "Hindley was naught, and would never thrive as where he
wandered." Joseph, already "the wearisomest, self-righteous pharisee that ever ransacked a bible
to rake the promises to himself, and fling the curses to his neighbours," used his religious influence
over Earnshaw to distance him from his children. Earnshaw thought Hindley was worthless, And he
didn't like Cathy's playfulness and high spirits, and thus, in his last days was irritable and
discontented. Cathy was "much too fond" of Heathcliff, and he seemed to be captivated would do
anything she asked. Her father was harsh to her and she became hardened to his reproofs.
Finally Earnshaw died one evening when Cathy had been resting her head against his knee and
Heathcliff was lying on the floor with his head in her lap. When she wanted to kiss her father good
night, she discovered he was dead and the two children began to cry, but that night Nelly saw that
they had managed to comfort each other with "better thoughts than (she) could have hit on,"
imagining the old man in heaven.…read more
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The extremely close and entirely sexless relationship between Heathcliff and Cathy
already manifests itself in an opposition to the outside world of parental authority and
religion. Cathy is charming in a manipulative way ("A wild, wicked slip she was- but had
the bonniest eye, and sweetest smile", though the love for her father is real.
The false, oppressive religion of Joseph is juxtaposed with the pure, selfless thoughts of
heaven of the two grieving children.
The decline and death of Earnshaw highlights the bond between the physical body and
the spirits. The old man had formerly been charitable, loving, and open, but his physical
weakness makes him irritable and peevish: the spirit is corrupted by the body's decline.
One might remember that Emily Brontë watched her father die wretchedly of alcohol and drug
abuse, having had dreams of glory and gallantry in his youth.…read more
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· "that humouring was rich nourishment to the child's pride and black tempers"- Heathcliff
· "Hindley's manifestations of scorn"
· "I fancied the discontent of age and disease arose from his family disagreements"- Mr Earnshaw
· "the wearisomest , self-righteous pharisee/ ransacked a Bible to rake the promises to himself and the fling
the curses on his neighbours "- Joseph
· "Sermonising and pious discoursing, he contrived to make a great impression on Mr Earnshaw" - Joseph
· "She had ways with her such as I never saw a child take up before...put all of us past our patience fifty times
and oftener in a day"- Joseph
· "She was much too fond of Heathcliff The greatest punishment we could invent for her was to keep her
separate from him"- Cathy
· "She liked exceedingly to act the little mistress; using her hands freely"- Cathy
· "Mr Earnshaw did not understand jokes from his children: he had always been strict and grave with them."
· "doing just what her father hated most, showing her pretended insolence"- Cathy
· "Had more power over Heathcliff than his kindness: How the boy would do her bidding in anything, and his
only when it suited his own inclination." Heathcliff and Cathy
· "I cannot love thee; thou'rt worse than thy brother."- Mr Earnshaw to Cathy
· "Died quietly in his chair one October evening , seated by the fireside."
· "She lent against he fathers knee, and Heathcliff was lying on the floor with his head in her lap ."
· "Why canst thou not always be a good lass, Cathy?"
· "Why cannot you always be a good man, father?"
· "I joined my wail to theirs, loud and bitter; but Joseph asked what we could be thinking o0f to roar in that
way over a saint in heaven"
· "No parson in the world ever picture heaven so beautifully as they did, in their innocent talk"
· "I could not help wishing we were all there safe together."…read more
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· The fireplace, and dark chimney corner- the darkness and isolation alongside the smoke and fire.
Where Mr E becomes impatient and irritated
· Devilish children; black tempers of Heathcliff and the wild, wicked slip Cathy
· Passing into the afterlife; god taking ownership of them
· Sermonising and references to the devil and manipulating mortals- ` a devil on their back' etc
· Rapid contrasts in character
· The elements- wind , storms..
· Use of the bible in preaching obsessively
· images of heaven and surviving hell- children believe Mr Earnshaw belongs in heaven
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