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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Barron's Booknotes
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- About a year later Lockwood passes through Yorkshire and
decides to stop at Thrushcross Grange. He is told that Ellen
has gone to Wuthering Heights, so he heads over there. The
change in Wuthering Heights is astonishing. The gate is
unlocked, the fragrance of flowers permeates the air, and a
scene of young love is played out at an open window. A
sweet-voiced girl is teaching a handsome, respectably
dressed lad how to read. She kisses him, and slaps him
playfully. The two, of course, are Cathy and Hareton.
Emily Bronte withholds their identities at first to emphasize
their complete transformation. The scene is a union of the
best of both houses. Books once belonged only at
Thrushcross Grange. For the older Cathy and Heathcliff
they were objects of repression; as children, they threw
religious books into the fire in an act of rebellion. For
Edgar reading was a way to escape from problems; he shut
himself up with his books when Cathy fell into a fit.

Suddenly, books have become a medium through which
love can flow. At the same time, physical love-the
Wuthering Heights side of love-is also allowed to find
expression. Lockwood slinks around back, thinking about
what he has missed. Ellen Dean, who is happy now, fills
you in on what has happened in the past year. When she
returns to Wuthering Heights, Ellen finds Cathy and
Hareton still fighting. Cathy soon begins to make overtures
of friendship, however, as Hareton did before. It is a slow
process, but finally they come to grips with their feelings
and confess to the pain they have been causing each other.
Each puts the emphasis on his own suffering rather than on
the wrongdoing of the other. (Compare this to the wild
accusations the older Cathy and Heathcliff hurl at each
other on her deathbed.) Once Hareton accepts Cathy's
present of a book, the vicious cycle of suffering has been
broken. They have forgiven each other.

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