Chapter 10 - 12 Summary
Mrs. Dean continues her story to the recuperating Lockwood...
- Heathcliff returns three years later.
- Cathy is overjoyed; Edgar, not so much.
- Isabella takes a fancy to Heathcliff.
- Cathy tries to convince Isabella of Heathcliff's true nature, then humiliates her in front of Heathcliff by revealing Isabella's feelings.
- Mrs. Dean encounters Hareton, who has turned into a monster of a child under Heathcliff's influence.
- Heathcliff makes advances toward Isabella.
- Cathy and Heathcliff have words; Edgar barges in.
- Heathcliff and Edgar are about to duke it out, but Edgar falls to a chair in tears.
- Heathcliff says he can't believe Cathy chose such a wimp over him; Edgar pops out of the chair and clocks him.
- Edgar gives Cathy a "him or me" ultimatum.
- Cathy has a "spell", then takes to her room, refuses to eat, and may be near death.
- Isabella runs off with Heathcliff.
Cathy to Isabella, on Heathcliff:
Pray don't imagine that he conceals depths of benevolence and affection beneath a stern exterior! He's not a rough diamond - a pearl-containing oyster of a rustic: he's a fierce, pitiless, wolfish man.... he'd crush you like a sparrow's egg, Isabella, if he found you to be a troublesome charge. I know he couldn't love a Linton; and yet he'd be quite capable of marrying your fortune and expectations: avarice is growing with him a besetting sin. (page 103)
Conditions are deteriorating at both Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights as Heathcliff begins to carry out his revenge. The only certainty at this point is that things will get much worse.
There seems to be a mystical, almost cosmic, element in the relationship between Cathy and Heathcliff. I'm looking forward to seeing how it unfolds.
It was difficult to stop at the end of chapter 12 - I'm loving this book!
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