Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
Contributed by Karim Chandra
Plot Summary

Mr. Lockwood, a gentleman from the city, rented in Thrushcross Grange, an estate located in rural Yorkshire in 1801. Lockwood went to meet his landlord, Heathcliff who resided in Wuthering heights an estate past the moors. Mr. Lockwood was not pleased with the culture of the residents in Wuthering Heights. The residents were indifferent to social customs. On Lockwood return, he was forced to spend in a haunted bedroom that belonged to Cathy.  Mr. Lockwood screams attracted the attention of Mr. Heathcliff, surprisingly pleads for Cathy's ghost to come inside the room. The story of Lockwood as a narrator makes a complete circle. He comes renting and later completes the narration by reaching to clear his debt obligations with Heathcliff.  Lockwood had a chance of proposing and marrying Catherine; it was not to be.

The next morning Mr. Lockwood returns to Thrushcross Grange feeling sick requiring bed rest. Mrs. Dean a servant updates Mr. Lockwood about Wuthering Heights where she grew up. Mrs. Dean narrates how Mr. Earnshaw, from a trip to Liverpool, picked a homeless boy from the streets taking him with him to Wuthering Heights. Mr. Earnshaw named the boy Heathcliff, after a son who died earlier. Members of Mr. Earnshaw family despised Heathcliff. Cathy and Hindley branded Heathcliff a gypsy because of his dark hair and unpleasant temperament. Mr. Earnshaw's open favoritism of Heathcliff only intensified Hindley's hate and violence towards Heathcliff. Cathy, Hindley's sister, befriended Heathcliff. Hindley went to college and returned with a wife upon his father demise. Hindley became the new master of Wuthering Heights forcing Heathcliff into servitude. Cathy liking for Heathcliff makes her teache him how to read and write as they played in the moors. Women from privileged social circles take time to teach men in their lives how to read and write. Cathy taught Heathcliff to read and write while Catherine tutored Hareton.

Out of curiosity, one night Cathy and Heathcliff sneaked to Thrushcross to observe how the wealthy, blond and blue-eyed Linton children, Isabella and Edgar lived. Accidentally a dog bites Cathy, and the Lintons catch them.  Cathy was received into the house while Heathcliff suffered rejection being sent home because of the color of his hair representing a ‘gyps’ background.  When Cathy returned after five weeks, she had acquired the mannerisms of the upper class. Cathy demeanor changed as well as her dressing. Cathy dressed more elegantly and started becoming distant to Heathcliff. Cathy accepted Edgar’s marriage proposal even though she truly loved Heathcliff. Heathcliff felt humiliated and run away. Cathy felt hollow and distraught by Heathcliff disappearance. Heathcliff returns after three years, a wealthy and attractive gentleman. Heathcliff return is driven by revenge over violence meted on him in childhood. Hindley’s wife had died leaving him to raise their son, Hareton. Hindley was unhappy with God for allowing his wife to kill. He turned into alcoholic and abusive. Hindley gambled with Heathcliff took control of Wuthering Heights and struck a loving relationship with Hareton.  The relationship between Hareton and Heathcliff was for convenience.

Old flames never die. Heathcliff visited Cathy at Thrushcross reigniting their friendship. Their love returned though Heathcliff respected Cathy marriage to Edgar. Isabella developed a crush on Heathcliff. Heathcliff manipulated Isabella to revenge childhood snobbery. Heathcliff married Isabella out of vengeance. He mistreated Isabella, abusing and degrading her. Cathy became severely unhappy and miserable when she learned that Heathcliff forbidden from visiting after a fight between Heathcliff and Edgar. Cathy became sick and withdrawn during her pregnancy. Cathy and Heathcliff managed to have one last meeting where they criticized and scorned each other for not staying together. Cathy dies that night while giving birth to Catherine. Isabella ran away from Heathcliff and raised her son, Linton in London alone. Edgar raises Catherine alone in Thrushcross Grange. Hindley died, and Heathcliff also lifted Hareton alone in Wuthering Heights. Out of malice, Heathcliff raises Hareton as an uneducated servant instead of his socialite status. Heathcliff used the opportunity to revenge Hindley's mistreatment on Hareton.

Catherine met Hareton while they were playing in the moors during their dogfights. Catherine discovers that Hareton is a cousin and a servant. Isabella died when Catherine approached thirteen years. Linton came to live in Thrushcross Grange. Heathcliff insisted on raising his son and thus forced Linton to come live in Wuthering Heights. Linton was sickly and pampered. Heathcliff cleverly used Linton to gain hold of Thrushcross property as Edgar was dying. Heathcliff engineered marriage between Linton and Catherine. Catherine then nursed Linton until he died.

Catherine always despised Hareton. Out of loneliness, the two became friends. Heathcliff gives up his revenge mission. Heathcliff losses the will to live and was found dead lying near a window.  Catherine and Hareton regain their inheritance. Catherine regained control of Thrushcross Grange while Hareton recovered Wuthering heights estates. The two were now free of the social burdens of the society free to fall in love and get married as they wished according to Lockwood.

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