Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
Contributed by Karim Chandra
Chapter 20

Linton was unhappy to leave Thrushcross Grange. Isabella his mother never talked about the boy's father. Mrs. Dean convinced the boy to get dressed up so that he could explore the moors. The boy enjoyed a ride to Wuthering Heights.  Heathcliff and Joseph received the boy. Heathcliff promised to treat Linton well; inwardly he was disappointed the boy didn't resemble him in any way. The boy in his description looked like a "puling Chicken, overfed on snail and sour milk." Heathcliff decided that his son served like royalty. He hired a tutor for Linton and made Hareton help Linton. Linton was precious to Heathcliff not as a son but a path to implementing his plan.


The characters from Thrushcross Grange appear more sophisticated. They are well mannered, dress well and have the distinct physical appearance that is different from Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff and Linton are from different backgrounds and end up in similar circumstances. Heathcliff experienced a rough childhood, while Linton had a pampered life. Life hardened Heathcliff. Linton was a weakling. Linton lives in fear and does not want to be disturbed; he is a loner who enjoys his own company.

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