We're back IN THE HEIGHTS for another installment. I'm reading along with Jill at Fizzy Thoughts and other friends. My reports are averaging bi-weekly so today I have six chapters from Wuthering Heights to share.
We have an interesting narrator in our friend Nelly the housekeeper. As she relays the facts I keep wondering about her honesty. Does she have something against Catherine? Who wouldn't?
Perhaps Catherine is a victim of her time. She chose social status over love (wasn't that the norm?) by marrying Edgar. And now her decision has come back to haunt her in the form of a new and visually appealing Heathcliff who is her true love.
Heathcliff has arrived at the ball like Cinderella (although he looks nothing like her). His childhood resembled hers as he was reduced to the role of a servant by Hindley, the ugly foster brother. Now Heathcliff's back after three years and looks like a fine gentlemen with money. I wonder what happened to change his circumstances?
If only Heathcliff had stayed long enough to hear Catherine express her love for him. Perhaps he would have swept her away in his arms and lived happily ever after. Happiness, however, is not part of the Wuthering Heights experience.
Edgar is not amused to have Heathcliff back and tells the delighted Catherine she must choose. She does what any good drama queen would do and becomes hysterical, taking on the role of "victim" (is there a shrink in the Heights?) and decides she's dying. Pregnant, yes.
Meanwhile Isabella becomes attracted to Heathcliff (not good) and they elope. Poor Edgar! I do feel sorry for him because he's the true victim (and Isabella too). Edgar takes care of Catherine when she would rather be with Heathcliff. And now Heathcliff has positioned himself as "brother-in-law" by eloping with Isabella. Oy.
Heathcliff also is getting even with Hindley and moves back to Wuthering Heights. He eventually becomes master of the house as Hindley has lost control through gambling.
As we end this segment, Heathcliff rushes back to Catherine and there's passion between them! Edgar comes home and Catherine urges Heathcliff to stay (why not?). Party time.
Joining me on the Wuthering Heights read-along are the following: