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Wuthering Heights Passage 5

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Introduction

Wuthering Heights Passage 5 Chapter 14 Passage is a conversation between Nelly and Heathcliff about Isabella. The passage begins with Nelly speaking to Heathcliff. She discusses the lifestyle of Isabella past, and suggests that she that he provides her a maid. She also says that Isabella is strongly attached to him, or else she wouldn't have left behind all those luxuries she had. Heathcliff replies by saying she left under false belief about him being devoted to her because it seemed like he loved Isabella. The writer shows arrogance in him when he calls her a 'rational creature', showing no respect. He then says 'But, at last she begins to know me: I don't perceive the silly smiles and grimaces that provoked me at first: and the senseless incapability of discerning that I was in earnest when I gave her my opinion of her infatuation and herself.' He's a 'big bully'. He heartlessly wounds her by mocking at the way she behaved with him before she moved to Thrushcross Range. ...read more.

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She begged for him not to do it, even that begging all he could utter is a wish that he had the hanging of every being belonging to her, except one. The one he I think he is referring to is Catherine. But he insists that Isabella was stupid enough to think the one could have been her. He further continues saying that the brutality exerted by him was admired by Isabella as long as it didn't hurt her physically. He claims his innocence by saying, it was Isabella's fault who was an absurd, slavish, mean-minded brach (Female Hunting Dog (hound)) that dreamt that he had loved her. He bullies her even more when he instructs Nelly to inform Edgar Linton, Isabella's brother that he had not met such a miserable person in his life, he didn't even refer to Isabella as person, he called her a thing. He also says that she disgraces the name of Linton. ...read more.

Conclusion

Initially I thought that Nelly was just being sarcastic about providing a maid for Isabella, and that she was on Heathcliffs side, and the fact that Heathcliff was allowed to say all that without being interrupted also contributed to this. But then at the end he response to Heathcliff the question she poses to Isabella if she were having any plans of staying dismisses that idea. Nelly is here to offer Isabella some help by suggesting some ideas to Heathcliff, but Heathcliff pays no heed to it, he just goes on about how miserable she is. I also feel that, Heathcliff said all this as his torture session is over and that she is free to leave if she wanted to. So it spares him his time and money if he were to hire a maid and keep her there. There is some sympathy, when he says that he never lied to her, and when he says he kept within the limits of the law. But all that is quickly forgotten when he continues to mock her misery. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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