Wuthering Heights Quotes

Key quotations from Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'.

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Hareton/Heathcliff + degradation
Degraded state and willingness to be put right
"it" ­ part one, chapter iv (page 37)
"Hareton has been cast out like an unfledged dunock" ­ part one, chapter iv (page 35)
x ref: Heathcliff as "cuckoo" (same page)
"I struggled only for you!" ­ part one, chapter x (page 97)
X ref: Hareton "he was a young man, respectably dressed... having a book before
him." Part two, chapter xviii (page 307)
X ref: Hareton "he had been content with daily labour and rough animal enjoyment,
till Catherine crossed his path" ­ part two, chapter xviii (page 303)
"Nelly, make me decent, I'm going to be good." ­ part one, chapter vii (page 56)
X ref: Heathcliff "I shall not stand to be laughed at" part one, chapter vii (page 54)
with Hareton "sensitive to suspected slights" - part two, chapter vii (page 218)
"he wanted to be presentable" ­ part two, chapter xvi (page 295)
"His honest, warm and intelligent nature shook off rapidly the clouds of ignorance and
degradation in which it had been bred."
Heathcliff's revenge by Hareton's degradation
"I can sympathise with all his feelings, having felt them myself ­ I know what he suffers
now..." ­ part two, chapter vii (page 219)
"gold put to the use of paving stones..." ­ part two, chapter vii (page 219)
"his had first rate qualities, and they are lost" ­ part two, chapter vii (page 219)
"good things lost amongst a wilderness of weeds." ­ part two, chapter iv (page 196)
"Evidence of wealthy soil which might yield luxuriant crops, under other and favourable
circumstances." ­ part two, chapter iv (page 196)
"we'll see if one tree won't grow as crooked as another, with the same wind to twist it!"
part two, chapter iii (page 187)
"the guest was now the master of Wuthering Heights" ­ part two, chapter iii (page 188)
"I have lost the faculty of enjoying their destruction"
"Hareton seemed a personification of my youth." ­ pg 323 ch xix part two
"I have lost the faculty of enjoying their destruction."
"a most diabolical man, delighting to wrong and ruin those he hates, if they give him the
slightest opportunity."
Heathcliff/Hareton relationship
"Hareton is damnably fond of me!" ­ part two, chapter vii (page 219)
"I'd have loved the lad had he been someone else." ­ part two, chapter vii (page 217)
"Hareton, the most wronged, was the one that really suffered much." ­ part two, chapter xx
(page 335)
"Hareton's aspect was the ghost of my immortal love... my degradation, my pride, my
happiness, and my anguish"

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"passionate" /"blazing"
"rocking herself in a chair that had been her mothers" ­ part two, chapter iv (page
"disregard to common forms of politeness." ­ part two, chapter xvii (page 299)
"I should love well to bring her pride a peg lower." ­ part two, chapter xvi (page 295)
"I wanted all to sparkle, and dance in a glorious jubilee.…read more

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"I repent of nothing" ­ part two, chap
ter xx (page 333)
"Selfish, unchristian" ­ part two, chapter xx (page 333)
"exquisite extremes" ­ part two chapter xx (page 131)
"he had a delight in dwelling on dark things"
"lonely like the devil"
"nobody loves you, nobody will cry for you when you die"
"diabolical man, delighting to wrong and ruin those he hates if they give him the slightest
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Cathy and Hareton)
"I'll stand her friend and counsellor to the last!"
"a very fair narrator"
"you have no marks of the manners that I am habituated to consider peculiar to your class."
"a steady, reasonable kind of body"
"I have read more than you would fancy."
NB: Pathetic fallacy of WH/TG/situation
o WH for most of novel
"Stormy...…read more

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Diabolical father"
"a bird of bad omen"
"wanted spirit"
"if he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn't love as much in eighty years as I
could in a day."
"it was not the thorn bending to the honeysuckles, but the honeysuckles embracing the
"my love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods. Time will change it."
"my love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath ­ a source of little visible delight
but necessary.…read more


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