Fizzy Thoughts is hosting a readalong of Wuthering Heights. Every week the participants read three chapters and post about their readings on Wednesday.
So, finally caught up!
(1-3) Cathy has fallen into convalescnece and a mental state of decline at the Grange. Heathcliff visits and expresses his undying love. Cathy dies! in childbirth and Heathcliff damns her (yes, quite the emotional man). Isabella escapes from Wuthering Heights after a violent scuffle between Heathcliff and Hindley. She leaves for London where she has a baby, Lindon. Hindley dies and the home and Hareton are left to Heathcliff in a manner.
(4-7) Fast forward 12 years where Cathy (junior...other Cathy will now be referred to as Catherine). She's a pleasant girl and on a walk with Nelly ends up at Wuthering Heights where she meets Hareton. Edgar picks up Linton and he is a winner! (so says my notes--really he's a whiny baby). Nelly drops off Linton with Heathciff at WH; Heathcliff admits he'll use him as he'll be the eventual heir of everything. Three years pass and Cathy meets up with the WH gang in the moors and she meets Linton and begins a strange courtship with him until Edgar puts a stop to it.
Lots of deaths and births and really I'm kind of glad to have the fresh blood in the story--even if Ms. Emily had no imagination for names. I even like Cathy a little bit even though I know there's no good ahead of her with the wimpy little Linton. What a weenie he is! Hareton seems to have some promise but is kept so low that he's basically socially retarded. I'm coming to realize (as I should already know) that there is no hope for any of these characters. So I'm wondering--what's the point of the whole story?
Something that has really struck my curiosity in these past few chapters is Nelly and her reliability as a narrator. At one point it is mentioned that Nelly is the same age as Hindley which would only make her a few years older than the rest of the crew. This means that way back when Heathcliff was first introduced into the family she couldn't have been older than a young girl. Tell me that she was able to process the events with maturity and objectivity! Of course this whole story is told from hindsight, so I can't help but feel that her knowledge of the outcome colors her telling of the events just a little bit. And was she really present for all of this? Or is she filling in the gaps? What are your impressions of Nelly?
Some lines that caught my attention:
Heathcliff: "Why did you betray your own heart, Cathy? I have not one word of comfort--you deserve this. You have killed yourself. Yes, you may kiss me, and cry; and wring out my kisses and tears. They'll blight you--they'll damn you. You loved me--then what right had you to leave me? What right--answer me--for the poor fancy you felt for Linton? Because misery, and degradation, and death, and nothing that God or satan could inflict could have parted us, you, of your own will, did it. I have not broken your heart--you have broken it--and in breaking it, you have broken mine. So much the worse for me, that I am strong. Do I want to live? What kind of living will it be when you--oh God! would you like to live with your soul in the grave?" (165).
Sigh. I really want to use the "I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!" quote from a few pages on but will resist the temptation. Double sigh. (I know, exaggerated eye-roll).
Heathcliff to Linton (junior): "Now, my bonny lad, you are mine! And we'll see if one tree won't grow as crooked as another, with the same wind to twist it!" (190).
Heathcliff on Hareton and Linton: "Mine [son] has nothing valuable about it; yet I shall have the merit of making it go as far as such poor stuff can go. His [Hindley's son] had first-rate qualities, and they are lost--rendered worse than unavailing--I have nothing to regret: he would have moe than any, but I, are aware of--And the best of it is, Hareton is damnably fond of me!" (224).
On pins and needles to find out what happens next!
Check Out These Other Participants in the Readalong:
•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 (New Century Reading)
•Geri (One More Foggy Notion)
•Rob (Books are Like Candy Corn)