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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Barron's Booknotes
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CHAPTER 5

Mr. Earnshaw rages so when he can't strike Hindley for being
mean to Heathcliff that he sends his son away to a boarding
school.

Cathy's faults, according to Ellen, arise from her high spirits.
Ellen accuses her of loving Heathcliff too much-a judgment
you may want to question. You have already heard Cathy's
point of view in her diary, long before you had Ellen's, and
Cathy was the first person with whom you really sympathized.
You tend to put Ellen's criticisms of Cathy aside, and you will
continue to do so even later, when Ellen's dislike becomes
more pointed.

Cathy's sauciness also bothers her father, though his opinions
may not count for much with you, given how unreasonable he
is regarding his own son.



NOTE: In Mr. Earnshaw's last conversation with Cathy he asks
her why she can't always be a good girl (she's quiet now
because she's been sick). She replies, "Why cannot you always
be a good man, Father?" Keep this in mind as you read, and
ask yourself why these people behave so awfully to each other.
Because of their suffering? Because of their evil natures?
Because of the presence of a "demonic" Heathcliff? Is what the
world calls "good" merely the result of sickness, as is the case
here, or of a weak nature, as is the case with Edgar (which
you'll see later in the novel)?

Mr. Earnshaw dies, with Cathy sitting beside him. She,
Heathcliff, and Ellen cry out, broken. Joseph will have none of
this grieving, for he pictures Mr. Earnshaw as a saint in heaven
now. Later Ellen hears Heathcliff and Cathy comforting each
other with beautiful images of heaven. It's the last time either
will find comfort in anything conventional religion has to offer.

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