ask for or request earnestly
I went to the Heights as I proposed; my housekeeper
entreated me to bear a little note from her to her young lady, and I did not refuse, for the worthy woman was not conscious of anything odd in her request.
an unsophisticated country person
The fellow is as handsome a
rustic as need be seen.
the rational and systematic study of religion
Only once I searched through Joseph's store of
theology, to his great irritation.
an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
"But, Mrs. Heathcliff, we have each had a
commencement, and each stumbled and tottered on the threshold.
feeling a need to see others suffer
Besides, of all, he has selected my favourite pieces that I love the most to repeat, as if out of deliberate
He afterwards gathered the books and
hurled them on the fire.
a very intense and uncontrolled fire
"Yes, that's all the good that such a brute as you can get from them!" cried Catherine, sucking her damaged lip, and watching the
conflagration with indignant eyes.
a quantity of no importance
naught," he said, and broke away to enjoy his grief and anger in solitude.
showing a brooding ill humor
With Mr. Heathcliff, grim and
saturnine, on the one hand, and Hareton, absolutely dumb, on the other, I made a somewhat cheerless meal, and bade adieu early.
a journey taken for pleasure
Wuthering Heights was the goal of my proposed
I supposed I should be condemned in Hareton Earnshaw's heart, if not by his mouth, to the lowest pit in the infernal regions if I showed my unfortunate person in his neighbourhood then; and feeling very mean and malignant, I
skulked round to seek refuge in the kitchen.
the power of creative imagination
ingenuity was at work to remedy the injury.
resistant to guidance or discipline
When Hareton was there she generally paused in an interesting part and left the book lying about--that she did repeatedly; but he was as
obstinate as a mule, and, instead of snatching at her bait, in wet weather he took to smoking with Joseph;
someone who acts or responds in a mechanical way
and they sat like
automatons, one on each side of the fire, the elder happily too deaf to understand her wicked nonsense, as he would have called it, the younger doing his best to seem to disregard it.
stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
Catherine, by instinct, must have divined it was
obdurate perversity, and not dislike, that prompted this dogged conduct, for, after remaining an instant undecided, she stooped and impressed on his cheek a gentle kiss.
a perfect embodiment of a concept
Earnshaw was not to be civilized with a wish, and my young lady was no philosopher and no
paragon of patience; but both their minds tending to the same point--one loving and desiring to esteem, and the other loving and desiring to be esteemed--they contrived in the end to reach it.
the act of speaking contemptuously of
He said he wouldn't suffer a word to be uttered in his
disparagement. lf he were the devil, it didn't signify--he would stand by him; and he'd rather she would abuse himself, as she used to, than begin on Mr. Heathcliff.
wear off or die down
He walked to the hearth in evident agitation, but it quickly
subsided as he looked at the young man--or, I should say, altered its character, for it was there yet.
liberality in bestowing gifts
That sounds as if I had been labouring the whole time only to exhibit a fine trait of
having great influence
That, however, which you may suppose the most
potent to arrest my imagination, is actually the least; for what is not connected with her to me? and what does not recall her?
an urge to do something that might be better left undone
And it is like bending back a stiff spring; it is by
compulsion that I do the slightest act not prompted by one thought, and by
compulsion that I notice anything alive or dead which is not associated with one universal idea.
to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
He asserted it himself; but not a soul, from his general bearing, would have
conjectured the fact.
something causing misery or death
"But where did he come from, the little dark thing, harboured by a good man to his
bane?" muttered Superstition, as I dozed into unconsciousness.
relatively long in duration
I vainly reminded him of his
protracted abstinence from food.
act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
I vainly reminded him of his protracted
abstinence from food.
so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
It was too
irksome to lie there harassing my brain with a hundred idle misgivings.
stray from a direct course or at random
Could it be hurtful to send for some one (some minister of any denomination--it does not matter which) to explain it, and show you how very far you have
erred from its precepts, and how unfit you will be for its heaven, unless a change takes place before you die?"
a feeling of extreme joy
I hasped the window; I combed his black long hair from his forehead; I tried to close his eyes--to extinguish, if possible, that frightful, life-like gaze of
exultation before any one else beheld it.