Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
Contributed by Karim Chandra
Chapter 19

Isabella dies, and Edgar returns to Thrushcross Grange with the body and Linton. Linton is a weakling used to being pampered.  Catherine is excited about meeting real cousin who not a servant. Mrs. Dean and Edgar worry that Heathcliff may want to claim the boy, Linton. Shortly in the evening, Joseph comes to Thrushcross asking for Linton to accompany him to Wuthering Heights. Edgar and Joseph argue for a few minutes and agree to present Linton the next day. Edgar was struggling with keeping Isabella's wish. Isabella may have wished that Linton maintain no contact with Heathcliff because of his violent tendencies.


The novel brings out the characteristics of Heathcliff's son, apart from the selfishness and violence they don't share much in common. Linton is sickly, weak, and awkward. He is also very fearful. Wuthering heights appear to be the worst place one can raise children successfully. It is a place full of anger, revenge, despair, and death. The lives of Hindley, Heathcliff, and Cathy represent the same. Wuthering Heights is believed to have too much evil, hatred, and violence. Male heirs have a special place; Heathcliff needed Linton with him so that he could implement his plan for revenge.

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