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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Barron's Booknotes
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THE STORY

CHAPTER 1

It's through Lockwood's eyes that you first see Yorkshire,
Heathcliff, and Wuthering Heights. He calls Yorkshire
beautiful, but only because he finds the region removed and
sparsely populated.

He calls Heathcliff a "capital fellow" and applauds him for his
reserve. The unfriendlier Heathcliff is, the harder Lockwood
pushes his way into his house, all the while declaring how
much he sympathizes with Heathcliff's desire for solitude.
Lockwood imagines that this desire springs from an aversion to
emotional display (you'll soon see how wrong he is), and he
hints that Heathcliff's story may be similar to his own. He
himself fell in love with a young lady at the seaside, and as
soon as she returned his affection, he lost interest.

NOTE: As you read Lockwood's narrative, bear in mind his
odd personality and his often surprising (and inaccurate)
interpretations of events and people's motives.



Wuthering Heights is strongly built-fortunately so, since
"Wuthering" refers to the fierce winds that blow around the
house. The name is symbolic, since the house is associated
with the stormy side of life, as opposed to the calm of
Thrushcross Grange. The servant Joseph is peevish, and dogs
skulk in the recesses of the front room. The place looks as
though it belongs to a farmer, but Heathcliff doesn't appear to
be one. He is dark skinned like a gypsy and he has the dress
and manners of a gentleman, or at least a country squire.

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