Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
Contributed by Karim Chandra
Chapter 21

Mrs. Dean recalls a discussion she had with Zillah many years back. Heathcliff disliked Linton. His lack of sympathy made the boy "selfish and disagreeable," according to Mrs. Dean. During Catherine's 16th Birthday she visited the moors and had an accidental meeting with Heathcliff and Hareton. Catherine became curious why Hareton was not Heathcliff's son. Catherine was invited to Wuthering Heights to find out more.

When Catherine visited Wuthering Heights, she remembered Linton and was pleased to meet a cousin who is not a servant. Catherine realized that Heathcliff was her uncle. Catherine invited Heathcliff to Thrushcross. Heathcliff explained to her their previous disagreements with Edgar that made visiting untenable. Heathcliff laments Edgar's perception of him being too poor to marry Edgar's sister. Catherine invites Linton to visit at Thrushcross Grange, and the young Linton comments that four miles are too far for him to walk to the chagrin of Heathcliff. Heathcliff was very disappointed with Linton inability to engage Catherine in conversation instead choosing to sit silently. Hareton is requested to show Catherine around the farm. Mrs. Dean took a low opinion of Linton.

When Catherine went back to Thrushcross Grange, she argued with Edgar and banned from ever visiting Wuthering Heights or contacting Linton at all. Catherine resorted to communicating via letter writing. Years later Mrs. Dean discovered the letters in Catherine's room and advised her to burn them.


This chapter describes different relationships and how the environment impacts them.  The inhabitants of Thrushcross are sophisticated in manners, appearance, and nature. The themes of pity and judgment discussed extensively. Hareton lives as a servant instead of the upper social class he should be can be blamed on his parent's treatment of Heathcliff who they transformed from an adopted child into a servant with no education. Hareton and Linton suffer different fates. Hareton brought up with an abusive and violent father. Linton grew up not knowing the father until much later. Linton and Hareton are both manipulated in their environments. The environments where lack of sympathy exist, people, grow up unsympathetic, vengeful and violent. Violence is a way of lessening their pain.

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