indicate by signs
I did remark, to be sure, that mounting the stairs made her breathe very quick, that the least sudden noise set her all in a quiver, and that she coughed troublesomely sometimes: but I knew nothing of what these symptoms
portended, and had no impulse to sympathize with her.
speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly
She expressed pleasure, too, at finding a sister among her new acquaintance, and she
prattled to Catherine and kissed her and ran about with her, and gave her quantities of presents, at the beginning.
easily irritated or annoyed
Her affection tired very soon, however, and when she grew
peevish, Hindley became tyrannical.
marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior
Her affection tired very soon, however, and when she grew peevish, Hindley became
give expression to
A few words from her,
evincing a dislike to Heathcliff, were enough to rouse in him all his old hatred of the boy.
open land with peaty soil covered with heather and moss
But it was one of their chief amusements to run away to the
moors in the morning and remain there all day, and the after-punishment grew a mere thing to laugh at.
utter in a very loud voice
vociferated curses enough to annihilate any fiend in Christendom; and I got a stone and thrust it between his jaws, and tried with all my might to cram it down his throat.
an instrument from which a person is executed by hanging
You shall go to the
gallows for this--Mr. Linton, sir, don't lay by your gun.'
the trait of being rude and impertinent
Where will their
He pulled me under the chandelier, and Mrs. Linton placed her
spectacles on her nose and raised her hands in horror.
deserving blame or censure as being wrong or injurious
culpable carelessness in her brother!' exclaimed Mr. Linton, turning from me to Catherine.
recommenced cursing--don't be angry, Nelly--and so Robert was ordered to take me off.
reason with for the purpose of dissuasion
Mrs. Linton took off the gray cloak of the dairymaid which we had borrowed for our excursion, shaking her head and
expostulating with her, I suppose.
polish and make shiny
I removed the habit, and there shone forth beneath, a grand plaid silk frock, white trousers, and
burnished shoes; and, while her eyes sparkled joyfully when the dogs came bounding up to welcome her, she dare hardly touch them lest they should fawn upon her splendid garments.
deep soft mud in water or slush
Therefore, not to mention his clothes, which had seen three months' service in
mire and dust, and his thick uncombed hair, the surface of his face and hands was dismally beclouded.
someone who is morally reprehensible
"Heathcliff, you may come forward," cried Mr. Hindley, enjoying his discomfiture, and gratified to see what a forbidding young
blackguard he would be compelled to present himself.
showing a brooding ill humor
He managed to continue work till nine o'clock, and then marched dumb and
dour to his chamber.
an impudent statement
He ventured this remark without any intention to insult; but Heathcliff's violent nature was not prepared to endure the appearance of
impertinence from one whom he seemed to hate, even then, as a rival.
a cry of sorrow and grief
He seized a tureen of hot apple sauce--the first thing that came under his gripe--and dashed it full against the speaker's face and neck, who instantly commenced a
lament that brought Isabella and Catherine hurrying to the place.
steadiness of mind under stress
The little party recovered its
equanimity at sight of the fragrant feast.
any substance that can be used as food
I did not call her unfeeling long, for I perceived she was in purgatory throughout the day, and wearying to find an opportunity of getting by herself, or paying a visit to Heathcliff, who had been locked up by the master, as I discovered, on endeavouring to introduce to him a private mess of
earnest or urgent request
entreaties were vain, and I was appointed to supply the deficiency.
a thin porridge
I'm annoyed how I should dream of chattering on at such a rate, and your
gruel cold, and you nodding for bed!
make a prediction about; tell in advance
prognosticate for myself an obstinate cold, at least."
familiarize psychologically or physically
Excepting a few provincialisms of slight consequence, you have no marks of the manners which I am
habituated to consider as peculiar to your class.
impairment of normal physiological function
When Kenneth warned him that his medicines were useless at that stage of the
malady, and he needn't put him to further expense by attending her, he retorted
curse or declare to be evil or anathema
He neither wept nor prayed; he cursed and defied--
execrated God and man, and gave himself up to reckless dissipation.
a cruel and brutal fellow
In the place where she heard Heathcliff termed a "vulgar young
ruffian," and "worse than a brute," she took care not to act like him; but at home she had small inclination to practise politeness that would only be laughed at, and restrain an unruly nature when it would bring her neither credit nor praise.
a feeling of intense dislike
She was not artful, never played the coquette, and had evidently an objection to her two friends meeting at all; for when Heathcliff expressed contempt of Linton in his presence, she could not half coincide as she did in his absence; and when Linton evinced disgust and
antipathy to Heathcliff, she dared not treat his sentiments with indifference, as if depreciation of her playmate were of scarcely any consequence to her.
a communication that belittles somebody or something
She was not artful, never played the coquette, and had evidently an objection to her two friends meeting at all; for when Heathcliff expressed contempt of Linton in his presence, she could not half coincide as she did in his absence; and when Linton evinced disgust and antipathy to Heathcliff, she dared not treat his sentiments with indifference, as if
depreciation of her playmate were of scarcely any consequence to her.
correct by punishment or discipline
That sounds ill-natured, but she was so proud it became really impossible to pity her distresses, till she should be
chastened into more humility.
keenly distressing to the mind or feelings
He struggled long to keep up an equality with Catherine in her studies, and yielded with
poignant though silent regret; but he yielded completely, and there was no prevailing on him to take a step in the way of moving upward, when he found he must necessarily sink beneath his former level.
completely lacking nobility in character or purpose
He acquired a slouching gait and
ignoble look; his naturally reserved disposition was exaggerated into an almost idiotic excess of unsociable moroseness, and he took a grim pleasure, apparently, in exciting the aversion rather than the esteem of his few acquaintance.
with care and persistence
"I'm sorry for it, Miss Catherine," was my response; and I proceeded
assiduously with my occupation.
an unexpected and inexplicable change in something
He held the knife in his hand, and pushed its point between my teeth; but, for my part, I was never much afraid of his
be dishonest with
I'll teach thee to impose on a good-hearted,
hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire
It expressed, plainer than words could do, the intensest anguish at having made himself the instrument of
thwarting his own revenge.
feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious
Hindley descended more leisurely, sobered and
the abode of Satan and the forces of evil
On the contrary I shall have great pleasure in sending it to
perdition to punish its Maker," exclaimed the blasphemer.
a slanderous accusation
He drank the spirits and impatiently bade us go, terminating his command with a sequel of horrid
imprecations too bad to repeat or remember.
having gray or white hair as with age
Mr. Kenneth says he would wager his mare that he'll outlive any man on this side Gimmerton, and go to the grave a
hoary sinner, unless some happy chance out of the common course befall him."
widely separated especially in space
Her lips were half
asunder, as if she meant to speak, and she drew a breath; but it escaped in a sigh instead of a sentence.
charming in a childlike or naive way
"Nelly, will you keep a secret for me?" she pursued, kneeling down by me and lifting her
winsome eyes to my face with that sort of look which turns off bad temper even when one has all the right in the world to indulge it.
an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof
She kept wandering to and fro, from the gate to the door, in a state of agitation which permitted no repose, and at length took up a permanent situation on one side of the wall, near the road, where, heedless of my
expostulations and the growling thunder, and the great drops that began to plash around her, she remained, calling at intervals, and then listening, and then crying outright.
ask for or request earnestly
We thought a bolt had fallen in the middle of us, and Joseph swung on to his knees,
beseeching the Lord to remember the patriarchs Noah and Lot, and, as in former times, spare the righteous, though He smote the ungodly.
inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon
We thought a bolt had fallen in the middle of us, and Joseph swung on to his knees, beseeching the Lord to remember the patriarchs Noah and Lot, and, as in former times, spare the righteous, though He
smote the ungodly.
young of any of various canines such as a dog or wolf
"What ails you, Cathy?" he was saying when I entered; "you look as dismal as a drowned
The former offered me
munificent wages; the latter ordered me to pack up.