Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
Contributed by Karim Chandra
Chapter 15

Edgar goes to church leaving Cathy in the house in Thrushcross. Mrs. Dean delivers the letter from Heathcliff to Cathy.  Heathcliff gets in through the main entrance. Cathy is dying, both Cathy and Heathcliff sob and kiss. Cathy laments that Edgar and Heathcliff broke her heart. Heathcliff is unhappy with the accusation and counters that the decision was indeed Cathy’s.  Cathy assures all that in her death she will be hovering above all, "… I shall be incomparably beyond and above you all." Cathy convulses forcing Heathcliff to try assisting. Cathy doesn't want Heathcliff to leave; she urges him to stay because it could be the last day. Edgar comes and finds Cathy sick in Heathcliff's arms. Mrs. Dean had feared the return of Edgar would cause violence and commotion. Heathcliff slips out of the house and promises to be in the garden the next day.


Mrs. Dean curses and wishes Cathy death. Cathy described as a suffering soul. Cathy never experienced happiness because of her dual temperament.  When Cathy and Heathcliff had a confrontation, both suffered. A disagreement between Heathcliff and Isabella was one-sided; Isabella suffered alone. In the narration of both love and obsession, Cathy and Isabella lost equally. Cathy suffered for turning her back on true love while Isabella suffers from unresponsive love. Isabella makes every effort to win Heathcliff's, distant heart.

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