Wuthering Heights Society and Class Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
Mr. Hindley came home to the funeral; and—a thing that amazed us, and set the neighbours gossiping right and left—he brought a wife with him. What she was, and where she was born, he never informed us: probably, she had neither money nor name to recommend her, or he would scarcely have kept the union from his father. (6.1-2)
Frances joins the unwelcoming Earnshaw clan. Though unknown and without family or fortune (just like Heathcliff), she has managed to win Hindley's affections. Curiously, this is one of the only mentions of neighbors. Who knew there was anyone else out there on the moors?
He drove him from their company to the servants, deprived him of the instructions of the curate, and insisted that he should labour out of doors instead; compelling him to do so as hard as any other lad on the farm. (6.9)
Hindley's project to punish his father's favorite begins as soon as the old man dies. To make Heathcliff a farmhand, bereft of education (instructions), is to put him in the lowest possible position. The gentry never work with their hands.
[. . .] instead of a wild, hatless little savage jumping into the house, and rushing to squeeze us all breathless, there 'lighted from a handsome black pony a very dignified person, with brown ringlets falling from the cover of a feathered beaver, and a long cloth habit, which she was obliged to hold up with both hands that she might sail in. (7.1)
After staying at Thrushcross Grange, the untamed Catherine has become a changed woman, now superior to the lowly Heathcliff. This is the future Catherine Linton, now forever out of reach to Heathcliff.