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- Cathy brings Thrushcross Grange-in the form of flowers
from her old house-to Wuthering Heights. To do so she has
Hareton uproot Joseph's beloved black currant trees. Later
she sticks primroses in her new friend's porridge. You may
find this silly, but it's undeniable that the household is
changing. Even Heathcliff begins to change. When he grabs
Cathy as if to tear her to pieces, his fingers suddenly relax
as he glares intently into her face and sees her mother's
eyes. Heathcliff sees his beloved everywhere, in the
flagstones, in the clouds, in the trees. In Hareton he sees his
lost youth. These images paralyze this once violent and
domineering man. Now that everything is in place, he says,
he can't lift a finger to carry out his revenge. Why can't he
act? Why does revenge no longer give him pleasure? Ellen
suggests that his conscience has made his life into an
earthly hell, but Heathcliff shows no more signs of a guilty
conscience now than before. Maybe there's an explanation
of Heathcliff's behavior in the final chapter.

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