Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights - Chapters 1-2 386 words

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  1. virulency
    extreme harmfulness (as the capacity of a microorganism to cause disease)
    Fortunately, the beasts seemed more bent on stretching their paws, and yawning, and flourishing their tails, than devouring me alive; but they would suffer no resurrection, and I was forced to lie till their malignant masters pleased to deliver me: then,
  2. canister
    metal container for storing dry foods such as tea or flour
    Above the chimney were sundry villainous old guns, and a couple of horse-pistols: and, by way of ornament, three gaudily-painted canisters disposed along its ledge.
  3. ensconce
    fix firmly
    'Take the road you came,' she answered, ensconcing herself in a chair, with a candle, and the long book open before her.
  4. auxiliary verb
    a verb that combines with another verb in a verb phrase to help form tense, mood, voice, or condition of the verb it combines with
    He--probably swayed by prudential consideration of the folly of offending a good tenant--relaxed a little in the laconic style of chipping off his pronouns and auxiliary verbs, and introduced what he supposed would be a subject of interest to me,--
  5. horse pistol
    a large pistol (usually in a holster) formerly carried by horsemen
    Above the chimney were sundry villainous old guns, and a couple of horse-pistols: and, by way of ornament, three gaudily-painted canisters disposed along its ledge.
  6. round window
    fenestra leading into the cochlea
    Vinegar- faced Joseph projected his head from a round window of the barn.
  7. facial muscle
    any of the skeletal muscles of the face
    He turned, as he spoke, a peculiar look in her direction: a look of hatred; unless he has a most perverse set of facial muscles that will not, like those of other people, interpret the language of his soul.
  8. gooseberry bush
    spiny Eurasian shrub having greenish purple-tinged flowers and ovoid yellow-green or red-purple berries
    Being unable to remove the chain, I jumped over, and, running up the flagged causeway bordered with straggling gooseberry-bushes, knocked vainly for admittance, till my knuckles tingled and the dogs howled.
  9. horse-pistol
    a large pistol (usually in a holster) formerly carried by horsemen
    Above the chimney were sundry villainous old guns, and a couple of horse-pistols: and, by way of ornament, three gaudily-painted canisters disposed along its ledge.
  10. sheep dog
    any of various usually long-haired breeds of dog reared to herd and guard sheep
    Joseph mumbled indistinctly in the depths of the cellar, but gave no intimation of ascending; so his master dived down to him, leaving me _vis- a-vis_ the ruffianly bitch and a pair of grim shaggy sheep-dogs, who shared with her a jealous guardianship over all my movements.
  11. neutralise
    make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of
    The dismal spiritual atmosphere overcame, and more than neutralised, the glowing physical comforts round me; and I resolved to be cautious how I ventured under those rafters a third time.
  12. neutralised
    made neutral in some respect; deprived of distinctive characteristics
    The dismal spiritual atmosphere overcame, and more than neutralised, the glowing physical comforts round me; and I resolved to be cautious how I ventured under those rafters a third time.
  13. condole
    express one's sympathetic grief, on the occasion of someone's death
    He told Zillah to give me a glass of brandy, and then passed on to the inner room; while she condoled with me on my sorry predicament, and having obeyed his orders, whereby I was somewhat revived, ushered me to bed.
  14. actuate
    put in motion or move to act
    Mr. Heathcliff may have entirely dissimilar reasons for keeping his hand out of the way when he meets a would-be acquaintance, to those which actuate me.
  15. black art
    the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
    Stop! look here, Joseph,' she continued, taking a long, dark book from a shelf; 'I'll show you how far I've progressed in the Black Art: I shall soon be competent to make a clear house of it.
  16. phlegm
    expectorated matter; saliva mixed with discharges from the respiratory passages; in ancient and medieval physiology it was believed to cause sluggishness
    Mr. Heathcliff and his man climbed the cellar steps with vexatious phlegm: I don't think they moved one second faster than usual, though the hearth was an absolute tempest of worrying and yelping.
  17. suffocate
    deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
    A sorrowful sight I saw: dark night coming down prematurely, and sky and hills mingled in one bitter whirl of wind and suffocating snow.
  18. churlish
    having a bad disposition; surly
    I ejaculated, mentally, 'you deserve perpetual isolation from your species for your churlish inhospitality.
  19. amiable
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
    'They are not mine,' said the amiable hostess, more repellingly than Heathcliff himself could have replied.
  20. paternity
    the state of being a father
    Heathcliff smiled again, as if it were rather too bold a jest to attribute the paternity of that bear to him.
  21. guffaw
    a burst of deep loud hearty laughter
    On opening the little door, two hairy monsters flew at my throat, bearing me down, and extinguishing the light; while a mingled guffaw from Heathcliff and Hareton put the copestone on my rage and humiliation.
  22. indistinctly
    in a dim indistinct manner
    Joseph mumbled indistinctly in the depths of the cellar, but gave no intimation of ascending; so his master dived down to him, leaving me _vis- a-vis_ the ruffianly bitch and a pair of grim shaggy sheep-dogs, who shared with her a jealous guardianship over all my movements.
  23. decamp
    leave suddenly
    I confess it with shame--shrunk icily into myself, like a snail; at every glance retired colder and farther; till finally the poor innocent was led to doubt her own senses, and, overwhelmed with confusion at her supposed mistake, persuaded her mamma to decamp.
  24. corroborate
    give evidence for
    Heathcliff is my daughter-in-law,' said Heathcliff, corroborating my surmise.
  25. corrugated
    shaped into alternating parallel grooves and ridges
    She flung the tea back, spoon and all, and resumed her chair in a pet; her forehead corrugated, and her red under-lip pushed out, like a child's ready to cry.
  26. gaiter
    a cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles
    The apartment and furniture would have been nothing extraordinary as belonging to a homely, northern farmer, with a stubborn countenance, and stalwart limbs set out to advantage in knee-breeches and gaiters.
  27. signet
    a seal (especially one used to mark documents officially)
    'If I had been, I would have set my signet on the biter.'
  28. displace
    cause to move, usually with force or pressure
    'They won't meddle with persons who touch nothing,' he remarked, putting the bottle before me, and restoring the displaced table.
  29. fascinate
    to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
    While enjoying a month of fine weather at the sea-coast, I was thrown into the company of a most fascinating creature: a real goddess in my eyes, as long as she took no notice of me.
  30. wince
    draw back, as with fear or pain
    I do myself the honour of calling as soon as possible after my arrival, to express the hope that I have not inconvenienced you by my perseverance in soliciting the occupation of Thrushcross Grange: I heard yesterday you had had some thoughts--' 'Thrushcross Grange is my own, sir,' he interrupted, wincing.
  31. laconic
    brief and to the point; effectively cut short
    He--probably swayed by prudential consideration of the folly of offending a good tenant--relaxed a little in the laconic style of chipping off his pronouns and auxiliary verbs, and introduced what he supposed would be a subject of interest to me,--a discourse on the advantages and disadvantages of my present place of retirement.
  32. abduction
    the criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force a family member; if a man's wife is abducted it is a crime against the family relationship and against the wife
    I warn you to refrain from provoking me, or I'll ask your abduction as a special favour!
  33. slovenly
    negligent of neatness especially in dress and person; habitually dirty and unkempt
    He is a dark-skinned gipsy in aspect, in dress and manners a gentleman: that is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire: rather slovenly, perhaps, yet not looking amiss with his negligence, because he has an erect and handsome figure; and rather morose.
  34. reprobate
    a person without moral scruples
    'No, reprobate! you are a castaway--be off, or I'll hurt you seriously!
  35. gooseberry
    spiny Eurasian shrub having greenish purple-tinged flowers and ovoid yellow-green or red-purple berries
    Being unable to remove the chain, I jumped over, and, running up the flagged causeway bordered with straggling gooseberry-bushes, knocked vainly for admittance, till my knuckles tingled and the dogs howled.
  36. sinewy
    consisting of tendons or resembling a tendon
    Joseph was an elderly, nay, an old man: very old, perhaps, though hale and sinewy.
  37. provoke
    provide the needed stimulus for
    My caress provoked a long, guttural gnarl.
  38. canine
    any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles
    I took a seat at the end of the hearthstone opposite that towards which my landlord advanced, and filled up an interval of silence by attempting to caress the canine mother, who had left her nursery, and was sneaking wolfishly to the back of my legs, her lip curled up, and her white teeth watering for a snatch.
  39. ringlet
    a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
    She was slender, and apparently scarcely past girlhood: an admirable form, and the most exquisite little face that I have ever had the pleasure of beholding; small features, very fair; flaxen ringlets, or rather golden, hanging loose on her delicate neck; and eyes, had they been agreeable in expression, that would have been irresistible: fortunately for my susceptible heart, the only sentiment they evinced hovered between scorn and a kind of desperation, singularly unnatural to be det...
  40. aggravate
    make worse
    I would have made a few comments, and requested a short history of the place from the surly owner; but his attitude at the door appeared to demand my speedy entrance, or complete departure, and I had no desire to aggravate his impatience previous to inspecting the penetralium.
  41. dissimilar
    not similar
    Mr. Heathcliff may have entirely dissimilar reasons for keeping his hand out of the way when he meets a would-be acquaintance, to those which actuate me.
  42. hilarity
    great merriment
    He fixed his eye on me longer than I cared to return the stare, for fear I might be tempted either to box his ears or render my hilarity audible.
  43. guttural
    relating to or articulated in the throat
    My caress provoked a long, guttural gnarl.
  44. disparity
    inequality or difference in some respect
    I might have seen there was too great a disparity between the ages of the parties to make it likely that they were man and wife.
  45. scuttle
    an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
    On coming up from dinner, however, (N.B.--I dine between twelve and one o'clock; the housekeeper, a matronly lady, taken as a fixture along with the house, could not, or would not, comprehend my request that I might be served at five)--on mounting the stairs with this lazy intention, and stepping into the room, I saw a servant-girl on her knees surrounded by brushes and coal-scuttles, and raising an infernal dust as she extinguished the flames with heaps of cinders.
  46. vexatious
    causing irritation or annoyance
    Mr. Heathcliff and his man climbed the cellar steps with vexatious phlegm: I don't think they moved one second faster than usual, though the hearth was an absolute tempest of worrying and yelping.
  47. culinary
    of or relating to or used in cooking
    It includes kitchen and parlour, generally; but I believe at Wuthering Heights the kitchen is forced to retreat altogether into another quarter: at least I distinguished a chatter of tongues, and a clatter of culinary utensils, deep within; and I observed no signs of roasting, boiling, or baking, about the huge fireplace; nor any glitter of copper saucepans and tin cullenders on the walls.
  48. chimney
    a vertical flue that provides a path through which smoke from a fire is carried away through the wall or roof of a building
    Above the chimney were sundry villainous old guns, and a couple of horse-pistols: and, by way of ornament, three gaudily-painted canisters disposed along its ledge.
  49. evince
    give expression to
    She was slender, and apparently scarcely past girlhood: an admirable form, and the most exquisite little face that I have ever had the pleasure of beholding; small features, very fair; flaxen ringlets, or rather golden, hanging loose on her delicate neck; and eyes, had they been agreeable in expression, that would have been irresistible: fortunately for my susceptible heart, the only sentiment they evinced hovered between scorn and a kind of desperation, singularly unnatural to be det...
  50. ventilation
    the act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air
    Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed: one may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house; and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun.
  51. miscreant
    a person without moral scruples
    Fortunately, the beasts seemed more bent on stretching their paws, and yawning, and flourishing their tails, than devouring me alive; but they would suffer no resurrection, and I was forced to lie till their malignant masters pleased to deliver me: then, hatless and trembling with wrath, I ordered the miscreants to let me out--on their peril to keep me one minute longer--with several incoherent threats of retaliation that, in their indefinite depth of virulency, smacked of King Lear.
  52. internally
    on or from the inside
    'I've shown no disrespect,' was my reply, laughing internally at the dignity with which he announced himself.
  53. taciturn
    habitually reserved and uncommunicative
    They could not every day sit so grim and taciturn; and it was impossible, however ill-tempered they might be, that the universal scowl they wore was their every-day countenance.
  54. morose
    showing a brooding ill humor
    He is a dark-skinned gipsy in aspect, in dress and manners a gentleman: that is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire: rather slovenly, perhaps, yet not looking amiss with his negligence, because he has an erect and handsome figure; and rather morose.
  55. facial
    of or concerning the face
    He turned, as he spoke, a peculiar look in her direction: a look of hatred; unless he has a most perverse set of facial muscles that will not, like those of other people, interpret the language of his soul.
  56. irritate
    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
    Not anxious to come in contact with their fangs, I sat still; but, imagining they would scarcely understand tacit insults, I unfortunately indulged in winking and making faces at the trio, and some turn of my physiognomy so irritated madam, that she suddenly broke into a fury and leapt on my knees.
  57. ejaculation
    the discharge of semen in males
    'The Lord help us!' he soliloquised in an undertone of peevish displeasure, while relieving me of my horse: looking, meantime, in my face so sourly that I charitably conjectured he must have need of divine aid to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent.
  58. subside
    sink to a lower level or form a depression
    Happily, an inhabitant of the kitchen made more despatch: a lusty dame, with tucked- up gown, bare arms, and fire-flushed cheeks, rushed into the midst of us flourishing a frying-pan: and used that weapon, and her tongue, to such purpose, that the storm subsided magically, and she only remained, heaving like a sea after a high wind, when her master entered on the scene.
  59. physiognomy
    the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
    Not anxious to come in contact with their fangs, I sat still; but, imagining they would scarcely understand tacit insults, I unfortunately indulged in winking and making faces at the trio, and some turn of my physiognomy so irritated madam, that she suddenly broke into a fury and leapt on my knees.
  60. interpose
    introduce
    I flung her back, and hastened to interpose the table between us.
  61. relaxed
    without strain or anxiety
    Heathcliff's countenance relaxed into a grin.
  62. peat
    partially carbonized vegetable matter saturated with water; can be used as a fuel when dried
    It glowed delightfully in the radiance of an immense fire, compounded of coal, peat, and wood; and near the table, laid for a plentiful evening meal, I was pleased to observe the 'missis,' an individual whose existence I had never previously suspected.
  63. pointer
    a mark to indicate a direction or relation
    In an arch under the dresser reposed a huge, liver-coloured bitch pointer, surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies; and other dogs haunted other recesses.
  64. encroach
    advance beyond the usual limit
    I began to doubt whether he were a servant or not: his dress and speech were both rude, entirely devoid of the superiority observable in Mr. and Mrs. Heathcliff; his thick brown curls were rough and uncultivated, his whiskers encroached bearishly over his cheeks, and his hands were embrowned like those of a common labourer: still his bearing was free, almost haughty, and he showed none of a domestic's assiduity in attending on the lady of the house.
  65. detected
    perceived or discerned
    Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door; above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins and shameless little boys, I detected the date '1500,' and the name 'Hareton Earnshaw.'
  66. incoherent
    without logical or meaningful connection
    Fortunately, the beasts seemed more bent on stretching their paws, and yawning, and flourishing their tails, than devouring me alive; but they would suffer no resurrection, and I was forced to lie till their malignant masters pleased to deliver me: then, hatless and trembling with wrath, I ordered the miscreants to let me out--on their peril to keep me one minute longer--with several incoherent threats of retaliation that, in their indefinite depth of virulency, smacked of King Lear.
  67. tacit
    implied by or inferred from actions or statements
    Not anxious to come in contact with their fangs, I sat still; but, imagining they would scarcely understand tacit insults, I unfortunately indulged in winking and making faces at the trio, and some turn of my physiognomy so irritated madam, that she suddenly broke into a fury and leapt on my knees.
  68. countenance
    the appearance conveyed by a person's face
    The apartment and furniture would have been nothing extraordinary as belonging to a homely, northern farmer, with a stubborn countenance, and stalwart limbs set out to advantage in knee-breeches and gaiters.
  69. conjecture
    to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
    'The Lord help us!' he soliloquised in an undertone of peevish displeasure, while relieving me of my horse: looking, meantime, in my face so sourly that I charitably conjectured he must have need of divine aid to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent.
  70. yelp
    a sharp high-pitched cry (especially by a dog)
    Mr. Heathcliff and his man climbed the cellar steps with vexatious phlegm: I don't think they moved one second faster than usual, though the hearth was an absolute tempest of worrying and yelping.
  71. observe
    watch attentively
    It includes kitchen and parlour, generally; but I believe at Wuthering Heights the kitchen is forced to retreat altogether into another quarter: at least I distinguished a chatter of tongues, and a clatter of culinary utensils, deep within; and I observed no signs of roasting, boiling, or baking, about the huge fireplace; nor any glitter of copper saucepans and tin cullenders on the walls.
  72. unison
    corresponding exactly
    'You'd better let the dog alone,' growled Mr. Heathcliff in unison, checking fiercer demonstrations with a punch of his foot.
  73. atmospheric
    relating to or located in the atmosphere
    'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather.
  74. extinguish
    put out, as of fires, flames, or lights
    On coming up from dinner, however, (N.B.--I dine between twelve and one o'clock; the housekeeper, a matronly lady, taken as a fixture along with the house, could not, or would not, comprehend my request that I might be served at five)--on mounting the stairs with this lazy intention, and stepping into the room, I saw a servant-girl on her knees surrounded by brushes and coal-scuttles, and raising an infernal dust as she extinguished the flames with heaps of cinders.
  75. weather
    the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation
    'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather.
  76. diabolical
    showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil
    'It is strange,' I began, in the interval of swallowing one cup of tea and receiving another--'it is strange how custom can mould our tastes and ideas: many could not imagine the existence of happiness in a life of such complete exile from the world as you spend, Mr. Heathcliff; yet, I'll venture to say, that, surrounded by your family, and with your amiable lady as the presiding genius over your home and heart--' 'My amiable lady!' he interrupted, with an almost diabolical sneer on h...
  77. fang
    canine tooth of a carnivorous animal; used to seize and tear its prey
    Not anxious to come in contact with their fangs, I sat still; but, imagining they would scarcely understand tacit insults, I unfortunately indulged in winking and making faces at the trio, and some turn of my physiognomy so irritated madam, that she suddenly broke into a fury and leapt on my knees.
  78. caress
    touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
    I took a seat at the end of the hearthstone opposite that towards which my landlord advanced, and filled up an interval of silence by attempting to caress the canine mother, who had left her nursery, and was sneaking wolfishly to the back of my legs, her lip curled up, and her white teeth watering for a snatch.
  79. compounded
    combined into or constituting a chemical compound
    It glowed delightfully in the radiance of an immense fire, compounded of coal, peat, and wood; and near the table, laid for a plentiful evening meal, I was pleased to observe the 'missis,' an individual whose existence I had never previously suspected.
  80. parry
    impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
    I felt my heels and coat-laps peculiar subjects of assault; and parrying off the larger combatants as effectually as I could with the poker, I was constrained to demand, aloud, assistance from some of the household in re- establishing peace.
  81. surly
    inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
    I would have made a few comments, and requested a short history of the place from the surly owner; but his attitude at the door appeared to demand my speedy entrance, or complete departure, and I had no desire to aggravate his impatience previous to inspecting the penetralium.
  82. predicament
    a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one
    He told Zillah to give me a glass of brandy, and then passed on to the inner room; while she condoled with me on my sorry predicament, and having obeyed his orders, whereby I was somewhat revived, ushered me to bed.
  83. visitation
    an official visit for inspection or supervision
    The red cow didn't die by chance; and your rheumatism can hardly be reckoned among providential visitations!'
  84. announce
    make known; make an announcement
    He little imagined how my heart warmed towards him when I beheld his black eyes withdraw so suspiciously under their brows, as I rode up, and when his fingers sheltered themselves, with a jealous resolution, still further in his waistcoat, as I announced my name.
  85. snail
    freshwater or marine or terrestrial gastropod mollusk usually having an external enclosing spiral shell
    I confess it with shame--shrunk icily into myself, like a snail; at every glance retired colder and farther; till finally the poor innocent was led to doubt her own senses, and, overwhelmed with confusion at her supposed mistake, persuaded her mamma to decamp.
  86. hale
    exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
    Joseph was an elderly, nay, an old man: very old, perhaps, though hale and sinewy.
  87. ramble
    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
    'Half an hour?' he said, shaking the white flakes from his clothes; 'I wonder you should select the thick of a snow-storm to ramble about in.
  88. rheumatism
    any painful disorder of the joints or muscles or connective tissues
    The red cow didn't die by chance; and your rheumatism can hardly be reckoned among providential visitations!'
  89. knuckle
    a joint of a finger when the fist is closed
    Being unable to remove the chain, I jumped over, and, running up the flagged causeway bordered with straggling gooseberry-bushes, knocked vainly for admittance, till my knuckles tingled and the dogs howled.
  90. hive
    a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree
    This proceeding aroused the whole hive: half-a-dozen four-footed fiends, of various sizes and ages, issued from hidden dens to the common centre.
  91. limb
    one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing; flipper
    Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed: one may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house; and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun.
  92. descriptive
    serving to describe or inform or characterized by description
    'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather.
  93. perverse
    deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good
    He turned, as he spoke, a peculiar look in her direction: a look of hatred; unless he has a most perverse set of facial muscles that will not, like those of other people, interpret the language of his soul.
  94. copious
    large in number or quantity (especially of discourse)
    The vehemence of my agitation brought on a copious bleeding at the nose, and still Heathcliff laughed, and still I scolded.
  95. liberally
    in a generous manner
    No, I'm running on too fast: I bestow my own attributes over-liberally on him.
  96. meddle
    intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly
    'They won't meddle with persons who touch nothing,' he remarked, putting the bottle before me, and restoring the displaced table.
  97. utensil
    an implement for practical use (especially in a household)
    It includes kitchen and parlour, generally; but I believe at Wuthering Heights the kitchen is forced to retreat altogether into another quarter: at least I distinguished a chatter of tongues, and a clatter of culinary utensils, deep within; and I observed no signs of roasting, boiling, or baking, about the huge fireplace; nor any glitter of copper saucepans and tin cullenders on the walls.
  98. surmise
    infer from incomplete evidence
    Heathcliff is my daughter-in-law,' said Heathcliff, corroborating my surmise.
  99. expire
    lose validity
    Mr. Heathcliff followed, his accidental merriment expiring quickly in his habitual moroseness.
  100. resolve
    find the solution
    So resolved, I grasped the latch and shook it vehemently.
  101. relieve
    free from a burden, evil, or distress
    'The Lord help us!' he soliloquised in an undertone of peevish displeasure, while relieving me of my horse: looking, meantime, in my face so sourly that I charitably conjectured he must have need of divine aid to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent.
  102. negligence
    failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
    He is a dark-skinned gipsy in aspect, in dress and manners a gentleman: that is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire: rather slovenly, perhaps, yet not looking amiss with his negligence, because he has an erect and handsome figure; and rather morose.
  103. foresight
    seeing ahead; knowing in advance; foreseeing
    Happily, the architect had foresight to build it strong: the narrow windows are deeply set in the wall, and the corners defended with large jutting stones.
  104. vigilant
    carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger
    'The dogs do right to be vigilant.
  105. solace
    comfort in disappointment or misery
    One was about forty: a period of mental vigour at which men seldom cherish the delusion of being married for love by girls: that dream is reserved for the solace of our declining years.
  106. relax
    make less taut
    Heathcliff's countenance relaxed into a grin.
  107. reserve
    hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency
    The 'walk in' was uttered with closed teeth, and expressed the sentiment, 'Go to the Deuce:' even the gate over which he leant manifested no sympathising movement to the words; and I think that circumstance determined me to accept the invitation: I felt interested in a man who seemed more exaggeratedly reserved than myself.
  108. griffin
    winged monster with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion
    Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door; above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins and shameless little boys, I detected the date '1500,' and the name 'Hareton Earnshaw.'
  109. utter
    without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
    The 'walk in' was uttered with closed teeth, and expressed the sentiment, 'Go to the Deuce:' even the gate over which he leant manifested no sympathising movement to the words; and I think that circumstance determined me to accept the invitation: I felt interested in a man who seemed more exaggeratedly reserved than myself.
  110. attribute
    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
    No, I'm running on too fast: I bestow my own attributes over-liberally on him.
  111. anatomy
    the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
    The latter had never been under-drawn: its entire anatomy lay bare to an inquiring eye, except where a frame of wood laden with oatcakes and clusters of legs of beef, mutton, and ham, concealed it.
  112. beneficent
    doing or producing good
    'Ah, certainly--I see now: you are the favoured possessor of the beneficent fairy,' I remarked, turning to my neighbour.
  113. deign
    do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
    I obeyed; and hemmed, and called the villain Juno, who deigned, at this second interview, to move the extreme tip of her tail, in token of owning my acquaintance.
  114. stalwart
    having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships
    The apartment and furniture would have been nothing extraordinary as belonging to a homely, northern farmer, with a stubborn countenance, and stalwart limbs set out to advantage in knee-breeches and gaiters.
  115. conclude
    bring to a close
    The business of eating being concluded, and no one uttering a word of sociable conversation, I approached a window to examine the weather.
  116. amiss
    in an improper or mistaken or unfortunate manner
    He is a dark-skinned gipsy in aspect, in dress and manners a gentleman: that is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire: rather slovenly, perhaps, yet not looking amiss with his negligence, because he has an erect and handsome figure; and rather morose.
  117. persuade
    cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
    I confess it with shame--shrunk icily into myself, like a snail; at every glance retired colder and farther; till finally the poor innocent was led to doubt her own senses, and, overwhelmed with confusion at her supposed mistake, persuaded her mamma to decamp.
  118. compound
    a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts
    'Here we have the whole establishment of domestics, I suppose,' was the reflection suggested by this compound order.
  119. surrounded
    confined on all sides
    In an arch under the dresser reposed a huge, liver-coloured bitch pointer, surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies; and other dogs haunted other recesses.
  120. precede
    be earlier in time; go back further
    When he saw my horse's breast fairly pushing the barrier, he did put out his hand to unchain it, and then sullenly preceded me up the causeway, calling, as we entered the court,--'Joseph, take Mr. Lockwood's horse; and bring up some wine.'
  121. shelter
    protective covering that provides protection from the weather
    He little imagined how my heart warmed towards him when I beheld his black eyes withdraw so suspiciously under their brows, as I rode up, and when his fingers sheltered themselves, with a jealous resolution, still further in his waistcoat, as I announced my name.
  122. detect
    discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
    Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door; above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins and shameless little boys, I detected the date '1500,' and the name 'Hareton Earnshaw.'
  123. seize
    take hold of; grab
    I seized the handle to essay another trial; when a young man without coat, and shouldering a pitchfork, appeared in the yard behind.
  124. trio
    a set of three similar things considered as a unit
    Not anxious to come in contact with their fangs, I sat still; but, imagining they would scarcely understand tacit insults, I unfortunately indulged in winking and making faces at the trio, and some turn of my physiognomy so irritated madam, that she suddenly broke into a fury and leapt on my knees.
  125. restore
    bring back into original existence, use, function, or position
    'They won't meddle with persons who touch nothing,' he remarked, putting the bottle before me, and restoring the displaced table.
  126. landmark
    the position of a prominent or well-known object in a particular landscape
    Do point out some landmarks by which I may know my way home: I have no more idea how to get there than you would have how to get to London!'
  127. entrance
    something that provides access (to get in or get out)
    I would have made a few comments, and requested a short history of the place from the surly owner; but his attitude at the door appeared to demand my speedy entrance, or complete departure, and I had no desire to aggravate his impatience previous to inspecting the penetralium.
  128. austere
    of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
    And we all, including the rustic youth, drew round the table: an austere silence prevailing while we discussed our meal.
  129. species
    (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed
    He'll love and hate equally under cover, and esteem it a species of impertinence to be loved or hated again.
  130. malignant
    dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor)
    Fortunately, the beasts seemed more bent on stretching their paws, and yawning, and flourishing their tails, than devouring me alive; but they would suffer no resurrection, and I was forced to lie till their malignant masters pleased to deliver me: then, hatless and trembling with wrath, I ordered the miscreants to let me out--on their peril to keep me one minute longer--with several incoherent threats of retaliation that, in their indefinite depth of virulency, smacked of King Lear.
  131. misty
    filled or abounding with fog or mist
    CHAPTER II Yesterday afternoon set in misty and cold.
  132. pronoun
    a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase
    He--probably swayed by prudential consideration of the folly of offending a good tenant--relaxed a little in the laconic style of chipping off his pronouns and auxiliary verbs, and introduced what he supposed would be a subject of interest to me,--a discourse on the advantages and disadvantages of my present place of retirement.
  133. grim
    harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
    Joseph mumbled indistinctly in the depths of the cellar, but gave no intimation of ascending; so his master dived down to him, leaving me _vis- a-vis_ the ruffianly bitch and a pair of grim shaggy sheep-dogs, who shared with her a jealous guardianship over all my movements.
  134. constrained
    lacking spontaneity; not natural
    I felt my heels and coat-laps peculiar subjects of assault; and parrying off the larger combatants as effectually as I could with the poker, I was constrained to demand, aloud, assistance from some of the household in re- establishing peace.
  135. flourish
    grow vigorously
    Happily, an inhabitant of the kitchen made more despatch: a lusty dame, with tucked- up gown, bare arms, and fire-flushed cheeks, rushed into the midst of us flourishing a frying-pan: and used that weapon, and her tongue, to such purpose, that the storm subsided magically, and she only remained, heaving like a sea after a high wind, when her master entered on the scene.
  136. advent
    arrival that has been awaited (especially of something momentous)
    'The Lord help us!' he soliloquised in an undertone of peevish displeasure, while relieving me of my horse: looking, meantime, in my face so sourly that I charitably conjectured he must have need of divine aid to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent.
  137. susceptible
    (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of
    She was slender, and apparently scarcely past girlhood: an admirable form, and the most exquisite little face that I have ever had the pleasure of beholding; small features, very fair; flaxen ringlets, or rather golden, hanging loose on her delicate neck; and eyes, had they been agreeable in expression, that would have been irresistible: fortunately for my susceptible heart, the only sentiment they evinced hovered between scorn and a kind of desperation, singularly unnatural to be det...
  138. carving
    a sculpture created by removing material (as wood or ivory or stone) in order to create a desired shape
    Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door; above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins and shameless little boys, I detected the date '1500,' and the name 'Hareton Earnshaw.'
  139. indefinite
    vague or not clearly defined or stated
    Fortunately, the beasts seemed more bent on stretching their paws, and yawning, and flourishing their tails, than devouring me alive; but they would suffer no resurrection, and I was forced to lie till their malignant masters pleased to deliver me: then, hatless and trembling with wrath, I ordered the miscreants to let me out--on their peril to keep me one minute longer--with several incoherent threats of retaliation that, in their indefinite depth of virulency, smacked of King Lear.
  140. peculiar
    beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
    Let me hope my constitution is almost peculiar: my dear mother used to say I should never have a comfortable home; and only last summer I proved myself perfectly unworthy of one.
  141. dispel
    to cause to separate and go in different directions
    I thought, if I had caused the cloud, it was my duty to make an effort to dispel it.
  142. combatant
    someone who fights (or is fighting)
    I felt my heels and coat-laps peculiar subjects of assault; and parrying off the larger combatants as effectually as I could with the poker, I was constrained to demand, aloud, assistance from some of the household in re- establishing peace.
  143. devoid
    completely wanting or lacking
    I began to doubt whether he were a servant or not: his dress and speech were both rude, entirely devoid of the superiority observable in Mr. and Mrs. Heathcliff; his thick brown curls were rough and uncultivated, his whiskers encroached bearishly over his cheeks, and his hands were embrowned like those of a common labourer: still his bearing was free, almost haughty, and he showed none of a domestic's assiduity in attending on the lady of the house.
  144. audible
    heard or perceptible by the ear
    He fixed his eye on me longer than I cared to return the stare, for fear I might be tempted either to box his ears or render my hilarity audible.
  145. auxiliary
    furnishing added support
    He--probably swayed by prudential consideration of the folly of offending a good tenant--relaxed a little in the laconic style of chipping off his pronouns and auxiliary verbs, and introduced what he supposed would be a subject of interest to me,--a discourse on the advantages and disadvantages of my present place of retirement.
  146. radiance
    an attractive combination of good health and happiness
    It glowed delightfully in the radiance of an immense fire, compounded of coal, peat, and wood; and near the table, laid for a plentiful evening meal, I was pleased to observe the 'missis,' an individual whose existence I had never previously suspected.
  147. incline
    lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow
    I no longer felt inclined to call Heathcliff a capital fellow.
  148. bleak
    unpleasantly cold and damp
    On that bleak hill-top the earth was hard with a black frost, and the air made me shiver through every limb.
  149. sundry
    consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
    Above the chimney were sundry villainous old guns, and a couple of horse-pistols: and, by way of ornament, three gaudily-painted canisters disposed along its ledge.
  150. ferocious
    marked by extreme and violent energy
    'Are you going to mak' the tea?' demanded he of the shabby coat, shifting his ferocious gaze from me to the young lady.
  151. chord
    a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together
    Possibly, some people might suspect him of a degree of under-bred pride; I have a sympathetic chord within that tells me it is nothing of the sort: I know, by instinct, his reserve springs from an aversion to showy displays of feeling--to manifestations of mutual kindliness.
  152. perceive
    to become aware of through the senses
    I bowed and returned the pledge; beginning to perceive that it would be foolish to sit sulking for the misbehaviour of a pack of curs; besides, I felt loth to yield the fellow further amusement at my expense; since his humour took that turn.
  153. gaunt
    very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
    Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed: one may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house; and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun.
  154. arouse
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
    This proceeding aroused the whole hive: half-a-dozen four-footed fiends, of various sizes and ages, issued from hidden dens to the common centre.
  155. abstain
    choose not to consume
    In the absence of clear proofs of his condition, I deemed it best to abstain from noticing his curious conduct; and, five minutes afterwards, the entrance of Heathcliff relieved me, in some measure, from my uncomfortable state.
  156. aversion
    a feeling of intense dislike
    Possibly, some people might suspect him of a degree of under-bred pride; I have a sympathetic chord within that tells me it is nothing of the sort: I know, by instinct, his reserve springs from an aversion to showy displays of feeling--to manifestations of mutual kindliness.
  157. feud
    a bitter quarrel between two parties
    Meanwhile, the young man had slung on to his person a decidedly shabby upper garment, and, erecting himself before the blaze, looked down on me from the corner of his eyes, for all the world as if there were some mortal feud unavenged between us.
  158. isolation
    the act of isolating something; setting something apart from others
    I ejaculated, mentally, 'you deserve perpetual isolation from your species for your churlish inhospitality.
  159. wade
    walk (through relatively shallow water)
    I had half a mind to spend it by my study fire, instead of wading through heath and mud to Wuthering Heights.
  160. constrain
    hold back
    I felt my heels and coat-laps peculiar subjects of assault; and parrying off the larger combatants as effectually as I could with the poker, I was constrained to demand, aloud, assistance from some of the household in re- establishing peace.
  161. revive
    cause to regain consciousness
    He told Zillah to give me a glass of brandy, and then passed on to the inner room; while she condoled with me on my sorry predicament, and having obeyed his orders, whereby I was somewhat revived, ushered me to bed.
  162. haunt
    follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to
    In an arch under the dresser reposed a huge, liver-coloured bitch pointer, surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies; and other dogs haunted other recesses.
  163. infernal
    characteristic of or resembling Hell
    On coming up from dinner, however, (N.B.--I dine between twelve and one o'clock; the housekeeper, a matronly lady, taken as a fixture along with the house, could not, or would not, comprehend my request that I might be served at five)--on mounting the stairs with this lazy intention, and stepping into the room, I saw a servant-girl on her knees surrounded by brushes and coal-scuttles, and raising an infernal dust as she extinguished the flames with heaps of cinders.
  164. vocal
    music intended to be performed by one or more singers, usually with instrumental accompaniment
    She thought that some of them had been laying violent hands on me; and, not daring to attack her master, she turned her vocal artillery against the younger scoundrel.
  165. rustic
    characteristic of rural life
    And we all, including the rustic youth, drew round the table: an austere silence prevailing while we discussed our meal.
  166. stare
    look at with fixed eyes
    I stared--she stared also: at any rate, she kept her eyes on me in a cool, regardless manner, exceedingly embarrassing and disagreeable.
  167. din
    a loud harsh or strident noise
    'There's nobbut t' missis; and shoo'll not oppen 't an ye mak' yer flaysome dins till neeght.'
  168. digest
    convert food into absorbable substances
    'The Lord help us!' he soliloquised in an undertone of peevish displeasure, while relieving me of my horse: looking, meantime, in my face so sourly that I charitably conjectured he must have need of divine aid to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent.
  169. remove
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
    In all England, I do not believe that I could have fixed on a situation so completely removed from the stir of society.
  170. grotesque
    distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous
    Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door; above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins and shameless little boys, I detected the date '1500,' and the name 'Hareton Earnshaw.'
  171. benevolent
    showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity
    I don't know what would have concluded the scene, had there not been one person at hand rather more rational than myself, and more benevolent than my entertainer.
  172. arrive
    reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
    This spectacle drove me back immediately; I took my hat, and, after a four-miles' walk, arrived at Heathcliff's garden-gate just in time to escape the first feathery flakes of a snow-shower.
  173. mentally
    in your mind
    I ejaculated, mentally, 'you deserve perpetual isolation from your species for your churlish inhospitality.
  174. solicit
    make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently
    I do myself the honour of calling as soon as possible after my arrival, to express the hope that I have not inconvenienced you by my perseverance in soliciting the occupation of Thrushcross Grange: I heard yesterday you had had some thoughts--' 'Thrushcross Grange is my own, sir,' he interrupted, wincing.
  175. surround
    extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
    In an arch under the dresser reposed a huge, liver-coloured bitch pointer, surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies; and other dogs haunted other recesses.
  176. venture
    any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
    'It is strange,' I began, in the interval of swallowing one cup of tea and receiving another--'it is strange how custom can mould our tastes and ideas: many could not imagine the existence of happiness in a life of such complete exile from the world as you spend, Mr. Heathcliff; yet, I'll venture to say, that, surrounded by your family, and with your amiable lady as the presiding genius over your home and heart--' 'My amiable lady!' he interrupted, with an almost diabolical sneer on h...
  177. lean
    to incline or bend from a vertical position
    The 'walk in' was uttered with closed teeth, and expressed the sentiment, 'Go to the Deuce:' even the gate over which he leant manifested no sympathising movement to the words; and I think that circumstance determined me to accept the invitation: I felt interested in a man who seemed more exaggeratedly reserved than myself.
  178. assuredly
    without a doubt
    'And this young man is--' 'Not my son, assuredly.'
  179. delusion
    a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea
    One was about forty: a period of mental vigour at which men seldom cherish the delusion of being married for love by girls: that dream is reserved for the solace of our declining years.
  180. shifting
    changing position or direction
    'Are you going to mak' the tea?' demanded he of the shabby coat, shifting his ferocious gaze from me to the young lady.
  181. adjective
    the word class that qualifies nouns
    'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather.
  182. consequence
    a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
    'I'm afraid, Mrs. Heathcliff, the door must bear the consequence of your servants' leisure attendance: I had hard work to make them hear me.'
  183. immense
    unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
    One end, indeed, reflected splendidly both light and heat from ranks of immense pewter dishes, interspersed with silver jugs and tankards, towering row after row, on a vast oak dresser, to the very roof.
  184. interval
    the distance between things
    I took a seat at the end of the hearthstone opposite that towards which my landlord advanced, and filled up an interval of silence by attempting to caress the canine mother, who had left her nursery, and was sneaking wolfishly to the back of my legs, her lip curled up, and her white teeth watering for a snatch.
  185. scoundrel
    a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
    She thought that some of them had been laying violent hands on me; and, not daring to attack her master, she turned her vocal artillery against the younger scoundrel.
  186. comment
    a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
    I would have made a few comments, and requested a short history of the place from the surly owner; but his attitude at the door appeared to demand my speedy entrance, or complete departure, and I had no desire to aggravate his impatience previous to inspecting the penetralium.
  187. reflection
    the phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface
    'Here we have the whole establishment of domestics, I suppose,' was the reflection suggested by this compound order.
  188. projected
    extending out above or beyond a surface or boundary
    Vinegar- faced Joseph projected his head from a round window of the barn.
  189. marsh
    low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water
    Do you know that you run a risk of being lost in the marshes?
  190. inmate
    one of several resident of a dwelling (especially someone confined to a prison or hospital)
    'Wretched inmates!'
  191. master
    a person who has general authority over others
    Joseph mumbled indistinctly in the depths of the cellar, but gave no intimation of ascending; so his master dived down to him, leaving me _vis- a-vis_ the ruffianly bitch and a pair of grim shaggy sheep-dogs, who shared with her a jealous guardianship over all my movements.
  192. rash
    imprudently incurring risk
    'I hope it will be a lesson to you to make no more rash journeys on these hills,' cried Heathcliff's stern voice from the kitchen entrance.
  193. nursery
    a child's room for a baby
    I took a seat at the end of the hearthstone opposite that towards which my landlord advanced, and filled up an interval of silence by attempting to caress the canine mother, who had left her nursery, and was sneaking wolfishly to the back of my legs, her lip curled up, and her white teeth watering for a snatch.
  194. stormy
    (especially of weather) affected or characterized by storms or commotion
    'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather.
  195. lavish
    very generous
    Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door; above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins and shameless little boys, I detected the date '1500,' and the name 'Hareton Earnshaw.'
  196. receive
    get something; come into possession of
    Guests are so exceedingly rare in this house that I and my dogs, I am willing to own, hardly know how to receive them.
  197. assuming
    excessively forward
    I exclaimed, assuming the cheerful; 'and I fear I shall be weather-bound for half an hour, if you can afford me shelter during that space.'
  198. lurk
    lie in wait, lie in ambush, behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
    The floor was of smooth, white stone; the chairs, high-backed, primitive structures, painted green: one or two heavy black ones lurking in the shade.
  199. accommodation
    making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
    'As to staying here, I don't keep accommodations for visitors: you must share a bed with Hareton or Joseph, if you do.'
  200. dismal
    causing dejection
    The dismal spiritual atmosphere overcame, and more than neutralised, the glowing physical comforts round me; and I resolved to be cautious how I ventured under those rafters a third time.
  201. sway
    move back and forth or sideways
    He--probably swayed by prudential consideration of the folly of offending a good tenant--relaxed a little in the laconic style of chipping off his pronouns and auxiliary verbs, and introduced what he supposed would be a subject of interest to me,--a discourse on the advantages and disadvantages of my present place of retirement.
  202. haughty
    having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
    I began to doubt whether he were a servant or not: his dress and speech were both rude, entirely devoid of the superiority observable in Mr. and Mrs. Heathcliff; his thick brown curls were rough and uncultivated, his whiskers encroached bearishly over his cheeks, and his hands were embrowned like those of a common labourer: still his bearing was free, almost haughty, and he showed none of a domestic's assiduity in attending on the lady of the house.
  203. commence
    set in motion, cause to start
    I commenced again.
  204. expose
    to show, make visible or apparent
    'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather.
  205. mute
    expressed without speech
    She looked at me, leaning back in her chair, and remained motionless and mute.
  206. individual
    being or characteristic of a single thing or person
    Such an individual seated in his arm-chair, his mug of ale frothing on the round table before him, is to be seen in any circuit of five or six miles among these hills, if you go at the right time after dinner.
  207. include
    have as a part, be made up out of
    It includes kitchen and parlour, generally; but I believe at Wuthering Heights the kitchen is forced to retreat altogether into another quarter: at least I distinguished a chatter of tongues, and a clatter of culinary utensils, deep within; and I observed no signs of roasting, boiling, or baking, about the huge fireplace; nor any glitter of copper saucepans and tin cullenders on the walls.
  208. tumult
    a state of commotion and noise and confusion
    'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather.
  209. pursuing
    following in order to overtake or capture or as accompaniment to such pursuit
    'Maister, maister, he's staling t' lanthern!' shouted the ancient, pursuing my retreat.
  210. domestic
    a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
    'Here we have the whole establishment of domestics, I suppose,' was the reflection suggested by this compound order.
  211. competent
    properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient
    Stop! look here, Joseph,' she continued, taking a long, dark book from a shelf; 'I'll show you how far I've progressed in the Black Art: I shall soon be competent to make a clear house of it.
  212. crave
    have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
    Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed: one may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house; and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun.
  213. blunder
    an embarrassing mistake
    Perceiving myself in a blunder, I attempted to correct it.
  214. depth
    the extent downward or backward or inward
    Joseph mumbled indistinctly in the depths of the cellar, but gave no intimation of ascending; so his master dived down to him, leaving me _vis- a-vis_ the ruffianly bitch and a pair of grim shaggy sheep-dogs, who shared with her a jealous guardianship over all my movements.
  215. inspect
    look over carefully
    I would have made a few comments, and requested a short history of the place from the surly owner; but his attitude at the door appeared to demand my speedy entrance, or complete departure, and I had no desire to aggravate his impatience previous to inspecting the penetralium.
  216. evening
    the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall)
    It glowed delightfully in the radiance of an immense fire, compounded of coal, peat, and wood; and near the table, laid for a plentiful evening meal, I was pleased to observe the 'missis,' an individual whose existence I had never previously suspected.
  217. flag
    emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
    'No wonder the grass grows up between the flags, and cattle are the only hedge-cutters.'
  218. deliberate
    carefully thought out in advance
    By this curious turn of disposition I have gained the reputation of deliberate heartlessness; how undeserved, I alone can appreciate.
  219. resume
    take up or begin anew
    She flung the tea back, spoon and all, and resumed her chair in a pet; her forehead corrugated, and her red under-lip pushed out, like a child's ready to cry.
  220. host
    a person who invites guests to a social event (such as a party in his or her own home) and who is responsible for them while they are there
    'Unhappy in your conjectures, sir,' observed my host; 'we neither of us have the privilege of owning your good fairy; her mate is dead.
  221. cushion
    protect from impact
    I continued, turning to an obscure cushion full of something like cats.
  222. exclaim
    utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
    I exclaimed, assuming the cheerful; 'and I fear I shall be weather-bound for half an hour, if you can afford me shelter during that space.'
  223. grate
    reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface
    The former, when he had deposited his burden, took a critical survey of the room, and in cracked tones grated out--'Aw wonder how yah can faishion to stand thear i' idleness un war, when all on 'ems goan out!
  224. dreary
    lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
    I thought her conduct must be prompted by a species of dreary fun; and, now that we were alone, I endeavoured to interest her in my distress.
  225. rational
    consistent with or based on or using reason
    I don't know what would have concluded the scene, had there not been one person at hand rather more rational than myself, and more benevolent than my entertainer.
  226. hover
    hang in the air; fly or be suspended above
    She was slender, and apparently scarcely past girlhood: an admirable form, and the most exquisite little face that I have ever had the pleasure of beholding; small features, very fair; flaxen ringlets, or rather golden, hanging loose on her delicate neck; and eyes, had they been agreeable in expression, that would have been irresistible: fortunately for my susceptible heart, the only sentiment they evinced hovered between scorn and a kind of desperation, singularly unnatural to be det...
  227. presume
    take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof
    I presume, because, with that face, I'm sure you cannot help being good-hearted.
  228. cautious
    showing careful forethought
    The dismal spiritual atmosphere overcame, and more than neutralised, the glowing physical comforts round me; and I resolved to be cautious how I ventured under those rafters a third time.
  229. sneer
    a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
    'It is strange,' I began, in the interval of swallowing one cup of tea and receiving another--'it is strange how custom can mould our tastes and ideas: many could not imagine the existence of happiness in a life of such complete exile from the world as you spend, Mr. Heathcliff; yet, I'll venture to say, that, surrounded by your family, and with your amiable lady as the presiding genius over your home and heart--' 'My amiable lady!' he interrupted, with an almost diabolical sneer on h...
  230. border
    the boundary of a surface
    Being unable to remove the chain, I jumped over, and, running up the flagged causeway bordered with straggling gooseberry-bushes, knocked vainly for admittance, till my knuckles tingled and the dogs howled.
  231. tempest
    a violent commotion or disturbance
    Mr. Heathcliff and his man climbed the cellar steps with vexatious phlegm: I don't think they moved one second faster than usual, though the hearth was an absolute tempest of worrying and yelping.
  232. manifestation
    a clear appearance
    Possibly, some people might suspect him of a degree of under-bred pride; I have a sympathetic chord within that tells me it is nothing of the sort: I know, by instinct, his reserve springs from an aversion to showy displays of feeling--to manifestations of mutual kindliness.
  233. verb
    a content word that denotes an action, occurrence, or state of existence
    He--probably swayed by prudential consideration of the folly of offending a good tenant--relaxed a little in the laconic style of chipping off his pronouns and auxiliary verbs, and introduced what he supposed would be a subject of interest to me,--a discourse on the advantages and disadvantages of my present place of retirement.
  234. divert
    turn aside; turn away from
    There was no reply to my question; and on looking round I saw only Joseph bringing in a pail of porridge for the dogs, and Mrs. Heathcliff leaning over the fire, diverting herself with burning a bundle of matches which had fallen from the chimney-piece as she restored the tea-canister to its place.
  235. refrain
    resist doing something
    I warn you to refrain from provoking me, or I'll ask your abduction as a special favour!
  236. remark
    make or write a comment on
    'They won't meddle with persons who touch nothing,' he remarked, putting the bottle before me, and restoring the displaced table.
  237. villain
    a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
    I obeyed; and hemmed, and called the villain Juno, who deigned, at this second interview, to move the extreme tip of her tail, in token of owning my acquaintance.
  238. compel
    force somebody to do something
    'Then, it follows that I am compelled to stay.'
  239. provincial
    of or associated with a province
    'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather.
  240. devour
    eat immoderately
    Fortunately, the beasts seemed more bent on stretching their paws, and yawning, and flourishing their tails, than devouring me alive; but they would suffer no resurrection, and I was forced to lie till their malignant masters pleased to deliver me: then, hatless and trembling with wrath, I ordered the miscreants to let me out--on their peril to keep me one minute longer--with several incoherent threats of retaliation that, in their indefinite depth of virulency, smacked of King Lear.
  241. brace
    a support that steadies or strengthens something else
    Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed: one may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house; and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun.
  242. shed
    cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over
    He hailed me to follow him, and, after marching through a wash-house, and a paved area containing a coal-shed, pump, and pigeon-cot, we at length arrived in the huge, warm, cheerful apartment where I was formerly received.
  243. suspect
    regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
    Possibly, some people might suspect him of a degree of under-bred pride; I have a sympathetic chord within that tells me it is nothing of the sort: I know, by instinct, his reserve springs from an aversion to showy displays of feeling--to manifestations of mutual kindliness.
  244. eloquence
    powerful and effective language
    I imagined, for a moment, that this piece of eloquence was addressed to me; and, sufficiently enraged, stepped towards the aged rascal with an intention of kicking him out of the door.
  245. cluster
    a grouping of a number of similar things
    The latter had never been under-drawn: its entire anatomy lay bare to an inquiring eye, except where a frame of wood laden with oatcakes and clusters of legs of beef, mutton, and ham, concealed it.
  246. thick
    not thin; of a specific thickness or of relatively great extent from one surface to the opposite usually in the smallest of the three solid dimensions
    I began to doubt whether he were a servant or not: his dress and speech were both rude, entirely devoid of the superiority observable in Mr. and Mrs. Heathcliff; his thick brown curls were rough and uncultivated, his whiskers encroached bearishly over his cheeks, and his hands were embrowned like those of a common labourer: still his bearing was free, almost haughty, and he showed none of a domestic's assiduity in attending on the lady of the house.
  247. curious
    eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns)
    By this curious turn of disposition I have gained the reputation of deliberate heartlessness; how undeserved, I alone can appreciate.
  248. range
    a variety of different things or activities
    Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed: one may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house; and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun.
  249. architect
    someone who creates plans to be used in making something (such as buildings)
    Happily, the architect had foresight to build it strong: the narrow windows are deeply set in the wall, and the corners defended with large jutting stones.
  250. moor
    come into or dock at a wharf
    People familiar with these moors often miss their road on such evenings; and I can tell you there is no chance of a change at present.'
  251. abode
    any address at which you dwell more than temporarily
    But Mr. Heathcliff forms a singular contrast to his abode and style of living.
  252. appreciate
    be fully aware of; realize fully
    By this curious turn of disposition I have gained the reputation of deliberate heartlessness; how undeserved, I alone can appreciate.
  253. swarm
    a group of many things in the air or on the ground
    In an arch under the dresser reposed a huge, liver-coloured bitch pointer, surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies; and other dogs haunted other recesses.
  254. interpret
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
    He turned, as he spoke, a peculiar look in her direction: a look of hatred; unless he has a most perverse set of facial muscles that will not, like those of other people, interpret the language of his soul.
  255. den
    the habitation of wild animals
    This proceeding aroused the whole hive: half-a-dozen four-footed fiends, of various sizes and ages, issued from hidden dens to the common centre.
  256. repose
    freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)
    In an arch under the dresser reposed a huge, liver-coloured bitch pointer, surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies; and other dogs haunted other recesses.
  257. request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
    I would have made a few comments, and requested a short history of the place from the surly owner; but his attitude at the door appeared to demand my speedy entrance, or complete departure, and I had no desire to aggravate his impatience previous to inspecting the penetralium.
  258. wax
    any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water
    I'll have you all modelled in wax and clay! and the first who passes the limits I fix shall--I'll not say what he shall be done to--but, you'll see!
  259. perpetual
    continuing forever or indefinitely
    I ejaculated, mentally, 'you deserve perpetual isolation from your species for your churlish inhospitality.
  260. stretch
    extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
    Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed: one may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house; and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun.
  261. goddess
    a female deity
    While enjoying a month of fine weather at the sea-coast, I was thrown into the company of a most fascinating creature: a real goddess in my eyes, as long as she took no notice of me.
  262. pan
    shallow container made of metal
    Happily, an inhabitant of the kitchen made more despatch: a lusty dame, with tucked- up gown, bare arms, and fire-flushed cheeks, rushed into the midst of us flourishing a frying-pan: and used that weapon, and her tongue, to such purpose, that the storm subsided magically, and she only remained, heaving like a sea after a high wind, when her master entered on the scene.
  263. dozen
    the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
    This proceeding aroused the whole hive: half-a-dozen four-footed fiends, of various sizes and ages, issued from hidden dens to the common centre.
  264. divide
    a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility)
    A perfect misanthropist's heaven: and Mr. Heathcliff and I are such a suitable pair to divide the desolation between us.
  265. pledge
    a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something
    I bowed and returned the pledge; beginning to perceive that it would be foolish to sit sulking for the misbehaviour of a pack of curs; besides, I felt loth to yield the fellow further amusement at my expense; since his humour took that turn.
  266. barrier
    a structure or object that impedes free movement
    When he saw my horse's breast fairly pushing the barrier, he did put out his hand to unchain it, and then sullenly preceded me up the causeway, calling, as we entered the court,--'Joseph, take Mr. Lockwood's horse; and bring up some wine.'
  267. pious
    having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
    'The Lord help us!' he soliloquised in an undertone of peevish displeasure, while relieving me of my horse: looking, meantime, in my face so sourly that I charitably conjectured he must have need of divine aid to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent.
  268. whirl
    the shape of something rotating rapidly
    A sorrowful sight I saw: dark night coming down prematurely, and sky and hills mingled in one bitter whirl of wind and suffocating snow.
  269. volunteer
    a person who performs voluntary work
    I found him very intelligent on the topics we touched; and before I went home, I was encouraged so far as to volunteer another visit to-morrow.
  270. introduce
    bring something new to an environment
    He--probably swayed by prudential consideration of the folly of offending a good tenant--relaxed a little in the laconic style of chipping off his pronouns and auxiliary verbs, and introduced what he supposed would be a subject of interest to me,--a discourse on the advantages and disadvantages of my present place of retirement.
  271. attempt
    make an effort or attempt
    I took a seat at the end of the hearthstone opposite that towards which my landlord advanced, and filled up an interval of silence by attempting to caress the canine mother, who had left her nursery, and was sneaking wolfishly to the back of my legs, her lip curled up, and her white teeth watering for a snatch.
  272. admire
    feel admiration for
    Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door; above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins and shameless little boys, I detected the date '1500,' and the name 'Hareton Earnshaw.'
  273. topic
    the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
    I found him very intelligent on the topics we touched; and before I went home, I was encouraged so far as to volunteer another visit to-morrow.
  274. exquisite
    delicately beautiful
    She was slender, and apparently scarcely past girlhood: an admirable form, and the most exquisite little face that I have ever had the pleasure of beholding; small features, very fair; flaxen ringlets, or rather golden, hanging loose on her delicate neck; and eyes, had they been agreeable in expression, that would have been irresistible: fortunately for my susceptible heart, the only sentiment they evinced hovered between scorn and a kind of desperation, singularly unnatural to be det...
  275. leisure
    time available for ease and relaxation
    'I'm afraid, Mrs. Heathcliff, the door must bear the consequence of your servants' leisure attendance: I had hard work to make them hear me.'
  276. cherish
    be fond of; be attached to
    One was about forty: a period of mental vigour at which men seldom cherish the delusion of being married for love by girls: that dream is reserved for the solace of our declining years.
  277. demonstration
    a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view
    'You'd better let the dog alone,' growled Mr. Heathcliff in unison, checking fiercer demonstrations with a punch of his foot.
  278. wilderness
    a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition
    Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door; above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins and shameless little boys, I detected the date '1500,' and the name 'Hareton Earnshaw.'
  279. obscure
    not clearly understood or expressed
    I continued, turning to an obscure cushion full of something like cats.
  280. mock
    treat with contempt
    The little witch put a mock malignity into her beautiful eyes, and Joseph, trembling with sincere horror, hurried out, praying, and ejaculating 'wicked' as he went.
  281. retire
    withdraw from active participation
    I confess it with shame--shrunk icily into myself, like a snail; at every glance retired colder and farther; till finally the poor innocent was led to doubt her own senses, and, overwhelmed with confusion at her supposed mistake, persuaded her mamma to decamp.
  282. style
    how something is done or how it happens
    But Mr. Heathcliff forms a singular contrast to his abode and style of living.
  283. bud
    a partially opened flower
    Bud yah're a nowt, and it's no use talking--yah'll niver mend o'yer ill ways, but goa raight to t' divil, like yer mother afore ye!'
  284. retort
    a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
    'Not at your command!' retorted Hareton.
  285. escort
    accompany or escort
    I cannot escort you.
  286. comprehend
    get the meaning of something
    On coming up from dinner, however, (N.B.--I dine between twelve and one o'clock; the housekeeper, a matronly lady, taken as a fixture along with the house, could not, or would not, comprehend my request that I might be served at five)--on mounting the stairs with this lazy intention, and stepping into the room, I saw a servant-girl on her knees surrounded by brushes and coal-scuttles, and raising an infernal dust as she extinguished the flames with heaps of cinders.
  287. lap
    the upper side of the thighs of a seated person
    I felt my heels and coat-laps peculiar subjects of assault; and parrying off the larger combatants as effectually as I could with the poker, I was constrained to demand, aloud, assistance from some of the household in re- establishing peace.
  288. pursue
    follow in or as if in pursuit
    'Maister, maister, he's staling t' lanthern!' shouted the ancient, pursuing my retreat.
  289. solitary
    of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies
    have just returned from a visit to my landlord--the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.
  290. complete
    perfect and complete in every respect; having all necessary qualities
    I would have made a few comments, and requested a short history of the place from the surly owner; but his attitude at the door appeared to demand my speedy entrance, or complete departure, and I had no desire to aggravate his impatience previous to inspecting the penetralium.
  291. ornament
    something used to beautify
    Above the chimney were sundry villainous old guns, and a couple of horse-pistols: and, by way of ornament, three gaudily-painted canisters disposed along its ledge.
  292. capital
    one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis
    A capital fellow!
  293. decline
    grow worse
    One was about forty: a period of mental vigour at which men seldom cherish the delusion of being married for love by girls: that dream is reserved for the solace of our declining years.
  294. survey
    consider in a comprehensive way
    The former, when he had deposited his burden, took a critical survey of the room, and in cracked tones grated out--'Aw wonder how yah can faishion to stand thear i' idleness un war, when all on 'ems goan out!
  295. significant
    rich in significance or implication
    'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather.
  296. yard
    the enclosed land around a house or other building
    I seized the handle to essay another trial; when a young man without coat, and shouldering a pitchfork, appeared in the yard behind.
  297. copper
    a ductile malleable reddish-brown corrosion-resistant diamagnetic metallic element; occurs in various minerals but is the only metal that occurs abundantly in large masses; used as an electrical and thermal conductor
    It includes kitchen and parlour, generally; but I believe at Wuthering Heights the kitchen is forced to retreat altogether into another quarter: at least I distinguished a chatter of tongues, and a clatter of culinary utensils, deep within; and I observed no signs of roasting, boiling, or baking, about the huge fireplace; nor any glitter of copper saucepans and tin cullenders on the walls.
  298. primitive
    little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type
    The floor was of smooth, white stone; the chairs, high-backed, primitive structures, painted green: one or two heavy black ones lurking in the shade.
  299. stout
    having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships
    This was Zillah, the stout housewife; who at length issued forth to inquire into the nature of the uproar.
  300. advantage
    the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
    The apartment and furniture would have been nothing extraordinary as belonging to a homely, northern farmer, with a stubborn countenance, and stalwart limbs set out to advantage in knee-breeches and gaiters.
  301. essay
    an analytic or interpretive literary composition
    I seized the handle to essay another trial; when a young man without coat, and shouldering a pitchfork, appeared in the yard behind.
  302. suitable
    meant or adapted for an occasion or use
    A perfect misanthropist's heaven: and Mr. Heathcliff and I are such a suitable pair to divide the desolation between us.
  303. issue
    some situation or event that is thought about
    This proceeding aroused the whole hive: half-a-dozen four-footed fiends, of various sizes and ages, issued from hidden dens to the common centre.
  304. behalf
    as the agent of or on someone's part (usually expressed as "on behalf of" rather than "in behalf of")
    But he seemed to recollect himself presently, and smothered the storm in a brutal curse, muttered on my behalf: which, however, I took care not to notice.
  305. endure
    undergo or be subjected to
    'What the devil is the matter?' he asked, eyeing me in a manner that I could ill endure, after this inhospitable treatment.
  306. peril
    a state of danger involving risk
    Fortunately, the beasts seemed more bent on stretching their paws, and yawning, and flourishing their tails, than devouring me alive; but they would suffer no resurrection, and I was forced to lie till their malignant masters pleased to deliver me: then, hatless and trembling with wrath, I ordered the miscreants to let me out--on their peril to keep me one minute longer--with several incoherent threats of retaliation that, in their indefinite depth of virulency, smacked of King Lear.
  307. wind
    air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
    Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed: one may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house; and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun.
  308. wrath
    intense anger (usually on an epic scale)
    Fortunately, the beasts seemed more bent on stretching their paws, and yawning, and flourishing their tails, than devouring me alive; but they would suffer no resurrection, and I was forced to lie till their malignant masters pleased to deliver me: then, hatless and trembling with wrath, I ordered the miscreants to let me out--on their peril to keep me one minute longer--with several incoherent threats of retaliation that, in their indefinite depth of virulency, smacked of King Lear.
  309. steer
    be a guiding or motivating force or drive
    'Hearken, hearken, shoo's cursing on 'em!' muttered Joseph, towards whom I had been steering.
  310. relieved
    (of pain or sorrow) made easier to bear
    In the absence of clear proofs of his condition, I deemed it best to abstain from noticing his curious conduct; and, five minutes afterwards, the entrance of Heathcliff relieved me, in some measure, from my uncomfortable state.
  311. jest
    activity characterized by good humor
    Heathcliff smiled again, as if it were rather too bold a jest to attribute the paternity of that bear to him.
  312. discourse
    an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
    He--probably swayed by prudential consideration of the folly of offending a good tenant--relaxed a little in the laconic style of chipping off his pronouns and auxiliary verbs, and introduced what he supposed would be a subject of interest to me,--a discourse on the advantages and disadvantages of my present place of retirement.
  313. rude
    belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness
    I began to doubt whether he were a servant or not: his dress and speech were both rude, entirely devoid of the superiority observable in Mr. and Mrs. Heathcliff; his thick brown curls were rough and uncultivated, his whiskers encroached bearishly over his cheeks, and his hands were embrowned like those of a common labourer: still his bearing was free, almost haughty, and he showed none of a domestic's assiduity in attending on the lady of the house.
  314. corner
    the point where three areas or surfaces meet or intersect
    Happily, the architect had foresight to build it strong: the narrow windows are deeply set in the wall, and the corners defended with large jutting stones.
  315. examine
    observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
    The business of eating being concluded, and no one uttering a word of sociable conversation, I approached a window to examine the weather.
  316. herd
    a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans
    'The herd of possessed swine could have had no worse spirits in them than those animals of yours, sir.
  317. overwhelm
    cover completely or make imperceptible
    I confess it with shame--shrunk icily into myself, like a snail; at every glance retired colder and farther; till finally the poor innocent was led to doubt her own senses, and, overwhelmed with confusion at her supposed mistake, persuaded her mamma to decamp.
  318. mutual
    common to or shared by two or more parties
    Possibly, some people might suspect him of a degree of under-bred pride; I have a sympathetic chord within that tells me it is nothing of the sort: I know, by instinct, his reserve springs from an aversion to showy displays of feeling--to manifestations of mutual kindliness.
  319. specimen
    a bit of tissue or blood or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes
    It was so dark that I could not see the means of exit; and, as I wandered round, I heard another specimen of their civil behaviour amongst each other.
  320. genuine
    not fake or counterfeit
    The tone in which the words were said revealed a genuine bad nature.
  321. hail
    precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents
    He hailed me to follow him, and, after marching through a wash-house, and a paved area containing a coal-shed, pump, and pigeon-cot, we at length arrived in the huge, warm, cheerful apartment where I was formerly received.
  322. muscle
    animal tissue consisting predominantly of contractile cells
    He turned, as he spoke, a peculiar look in her direction: a look of hatred; unless he has a most perverse set of facial muscles that will not, like those of other people, interpret the language of his soul.
  323. garment
    an article of clothing
    Meanwhile, the young man had slung on to his person a decidedly shabby upper garment, and, erecting himself before the blaze, looked down on me from the corner of his eyes, for all the world as if there were some mortal feud unavenged between us.
  324. repeat
    to say, state, or perform again
    I hemmed once more, and drew closer to the hearth, repeating my comment on the wildness of the evening.
  325. deposit
    the act of putting something somewhere
    The former, when he had deposited his burden, took a critical survey of the room, and in cracked tones grated out--'Aw wonder how yah can faishion to stand thear i' idleness un war, when all on 'ems goan out!
  326. intimate
    imply as a possibility
    'Well, yes--oh, you would intimate that her spirit has taken the post of ministering angel, and guards the fortunes of Wuthering Heights, even when her body is gone.
  327. intelligent
    having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree
    I found him very intelligent on the topics we touched; and before I went home, I was encouraged so far as to volunteer another visit to-morrow.
  328. aid
    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    'The Lord help us!' he soliloquised in an undertone of peevish displeasure, while relieving me of my horse: looking, meantime, in my face so sourly that I charitably conjectured he must have need of divine aid to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent.
  329. haste
    overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)
    I uttered an expression of disgust, and pushed past him into the yard, running against Earnshaw in my haste.
  330. prompt
    according to schedule or without delay; on time
    I thought her conduct must be prompted by a species of dreary fun; and, now that we were alone, I endeavoured to interest her in my distress.
  331. assume
    take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof
    I exclaimed, assuming the cheerful; 'and I fear I shall be weather-bound for half an hour, if you can afford me shelter during that space.'
  332. esteem
    the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)
    He'll love and hate equally under cover, and esteem it a species of impertinence to be loved or hated again.
  333. invitation
    a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something
    The 'walk in' was uttered with closed teeth, and expressed the sentiment, 'Go to the Deuce:' even the gate over which he leant manifested no sympathising movement to the words; and I think that circumstance determined me to accept the invitation: I felt interested in a man who seemed more exaggeratedly reserved than myself.
  334. ascend
    travel up, "We ascended the mountain"
    Joseph mumbled indistinctly in the depths of the cellar, but gave no intimation of ascending; so his master dived down to him, leaving me _vis- a-vis_ the ruffianly bitch and a pair of grim shaggy sheep-dogs, who shared with her a jealous guardianship over all my movements.
  335. deem
    keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
    In the absence of clear proofs of his condition, I deemed it best to abstain from noticing his curious conduct; and, five minutes afterwards, the entrance of Heathcliff relieved me, in some measure, from my uncomfortable state.
  336. conduct
    (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
    In the absence of clear proofs of his condition, I deemed it best to abstain from noticing his curious conduct; and, five minutes afterwards, the entrance of Heathcliff relieved me, in some measure, from my uncomfortable state.
  337. arch
    (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
    In an arch under the dresser reposed a huge, liver-coloured bitch pointer, surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies; and other dogs haunted other recesses.
  338. handle
    the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
    I seized the handle to essay another trial; when a young man without coat, and shouldering a pitchfork, appeared in the yard behind.
  339. display
    something intended to communicate a particular impression
    Possibly, some people might suspect him of a degree of under-bred pride; I have a sympathetic chord within that tells me it is nothing of the sort: I know, by instinct, his reserve springs from an aversion to showy displays of feeling--to manifestations of mutual kindliness.
  340. bestow
    give as a gift
    No, I'm running on too fast: I bestow my own attributes over-liberally on him.
  341. share
    assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
    Joseph mumbled indistinctly in the depths of the cellar, but gave no intimation of ascending; so his master dived down to him, leaving me _vis- a-vis_ the ruffianly bitch and a pair of grim shaggy sheep-dogs, who shared with her a jealous guardianship over all my movements.
  342. language
    a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols
    I 'never told my love' vocally; still, if looks have language, the merest idiot might have guessed I was over head and ears: she understood me at last, and looked a return--the sweetest of all imaginable looks.
  343. manifest
    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
    The 'walk in' was uttered with closed teeth, and expressed the sentiment, 'Go to the Deuce:' even the gate over which he leant manifested no sympathising movement to the words; and I think that circumstance determined me to accept the invitation: I felt interested in a man who seemed more exaggeratedly reserved than myself.
  344. notwithstanding
    despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession)
    I shall go, notwithstanding.
  345. distinct
    constituting a separate entity or part
    Her position before was sheltered from the light; now, I had a distinct view of her whole figure and countenance.
  346. length
    the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place
    He hailed me to follow him, and, after marching through a wash-house, and a paved area containing a coal-shed, pump, and pigeon-cot, we at length arrived in the huge, warm, cheerful apartment where I was formerly received.
  347. settle
    become resolved, fixed, established, or quiet
    'That you may settle with your host.
  348. singular
    being a single and separate person or thing
    But Mr. Heathcliff forms a singular contrast to his abode and style of living.
  349. mortal
    subject to death
    Meanwhile, the young man had slung on to his person a decidedly shabby upper garment, and, erecting himself before the blaze, looked down on me from the corner of his eyes, for all the world as if there were some mortal feud unavenged between us.
  350. contact
    the act of touching physically
    Not anxious to come in contact with their fangs, I sat still; but, imagining they would scarcely understand tacit insults, I unfortunately indulged in winking and making faces at the trio, and some turn of my physiognomy so irritated madam, that she suddenly broke into a fury and leapt on my knees.
  351. brush
    an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
    On coming up from dinner, however, (N.B.--I dine between twelve and one o'clock; the housekeeper, a matronly lady, taken as a fixture along with the house, could not, or would not, comprehend my request that I might be served at five)--on mounting the stairs with this lazy intention, and stepping into the room, I saw a servant-girl on her knees surrounded by brushes and coal-scuttles, and raising an infernal dust as she extinguished the flames with heaps of cinders.
  352. threat
    declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another
    Fortunately, the beasts seemed more bent on stretching their paws, and yawning, and flourishing their tails, than devouring me alive; but they would suffer no resurrection, and I was forced to lie till their malignant masters pleased to deliver me: then, hatless and trembling with wrath, I ordered the miscreants to let me out--on their peril to keep me one minute longer--with several incoherent threats of retaliation that, in their indefinite depth of virulency, smacked of King Lear.
  353. stern
    of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
    'I hope it will be a lesson to you to make no more rash journeys on these hills,' cried Heathcliff's stern voice from the kitchen entrance.
  354. structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
    The floor was of smooth, white stone; the chairs, high-backed, primitive structures, painted green: one or two heavy black ones lurking in the shade.
  355. disposition
    your usual mood
    By this curious turn of disposition I have gained the reputation of deliberate heartlessness; how undeserved, I alone can appreciate.
  356. vanish
    become invisible or unnoticeable
    I'll hae no hend wi't,' muttered the head, vanishing.
  357. occupation
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
    I do myself the honour of calling as soon as possible after my arrival, to express the hope that I have not inconvenienced you by my perseverance in soliciting the occupation of Thrushcross Grange: I heard yesterday you had had some thoughts--' 'Thrushcross Grange is my own, sir,' he interrupted, wincing.
  358. inclined
    at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position
    I no longer felt inclined to call Heathcliff a capital fellow.
  359. shift
    move very slightly
    'Are you going to mak' the tea?' demanded he of the shabby coat, shifting his ferocious gaze from me to the young lady.
  360. pause
    cease an action temporarily
    Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door; above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins and shameless little boys, I detected the date '1500,' and the name 'Hareton Earnshaw.'
  361. elder
    a person who is older than you are
    'Oh, wicked, wicked!' gasped the elder; 'may the Lord deliver us from evil!'
  362. constitution
    the act of forming or establishing something
    Let me hope my constitution is almost peculiar: my dear mother used to say I should never have a comfortable home; and only last summer I proved myself perfectly unworthy of one.
  363. atmosphere
    the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body
    The dismal spiritual atmosphere overcame, and more than neutralised, the glowing physical comforts round me; and I resolved to be cautious how I ventured under those rafters a third time.
  364. establishment
    the act of forming or establishing something
    'Here we have the whole establishment of domestics, I suppose,' was the reflection suggested by this compound order.
  365. privilege
    a special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all
    'Unhappy in your conjectures, sir,' observed my host; 'we neither of us have the privilege of owning your good fairy; her mate is dead.
  366. absolute
    perfect or complete or pure
    Mr. Heathcliff and his man climbed the cellar steps with vexatious phlegm: I don't think they moved one second faster than usual, though the hearth was an absolute tempest of worrying and yelping.
  367. aspect
    a characteristic to be considered
    He is a dark-skinned gipsy in aspect, in dress and manners a gentleman: that is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire: rather slovenly, perhaps, yet not looking amiss with his negligence, because he has an erect and handsome figure; and rather morose.
  368. contrast
    the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared
    But Mr. Heathcliff forms a singular contrast to his abode and style of living.
  369. astonish
    affect with wonder
    It is astonishing how sociable I feel myself compared with him.
  370. seldom
    not often
    One was about forty: a period of mental vigour at which men seldom cherish the delusion of being married for love by girls: that dream is reserved for the solace of our declining years.
  371. burden
    weight to be borne or conveyed
    The former, when he had deposited his burden, took a critical survey of the room, and in cracked tones grated out--'Aw wonder how yah can faishion to stand thear i' idleness un war, when all on 'ems goan out!
  372. accustom
    make psychologically or physically used (to something)
    'She's not accustomed to be spoiled--not kept for a pet.'
  373. bold
    fearless and daring
    Heathcliff smiled again, as if it were rather too bold a jest to attribute the paternity of that bear to him.
  374. figure
    alternative names for the body of a human being
    He is a dark-skinned gipsy in aspect, in dress and manners a gentleman: that is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire: rather slovenly, perhaps, yet not looking amiss with his negligence, because he has an erect and handsome figure; and rather morose.
  375. touch
    make physical contact with, come in contact with
    'They won't meddle with persons who touch nothing,' he remarked, putting the bottle before me, and restoring the displaced table.
  376. smooth
    having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities
    The floor was of smooth, white stone; the chairs, high-backed, primitive structures, painted green: one or two heavy black ones lurking in the shade.
  377. delicate
    developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety
    She was slender, and apparently scarcely past girlhood: an admirable form, and the most exquisite little face that I have ever had the pleasure of beholding; small features, very fair; flaxen ringlets, or rather golden, hanging loose on her delicate neck; and eyes, had they been agreeable in expression, that would have been irresistible: fortunately for my susceptible heart, the only sentiment they evinced hovered between scorn and a kind of desperation, singularly unnatural to be det...
  378. prevail
    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
    And we all, including the rustic youth, drew round the table: an austere silence prevailing while we discussed our meal.
  379. universal
    applicable to or common to all members of a group or set
    They could not every day sit so grim and taciturn; and it was impossible, however ill-tempered they might be, that the universal scowl they wore was their every-day countenance.
  380. grasp
    hold firmly
    So resolved, I grasped the latch and shook it vehemently.
  381. pardon
    accept an excuse for
    'I beg your pardon!'
  382. distress
    a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
    I thought her conduct must be prompted by a species of dreary fun; and, now that we were alone, I endeavoured to interest her in my distress.
  383. assistance
    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    I felt my heels and coat-laps peculiar subjects of assault; and parrying off the larger combatants as effectually as I could with the poker, I was constrained to demand, aloud, assistance from some of the household in re- establishing peace.
  384. mental
    involving the mind or an intellectual process
    One was about forty: a period of mental vigour at which men seldom cherish the delusion of being married for love by girls: that dream is reserved for the solace of our declining years.
  385. assist
    give help or assistance; be of service
    The canisters were almost out of her reach; I made a motion to aid her; she turned upon me as a miser might turn if any one attempted to assist him in counting his gold.
  386. proceeding
    (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
    This proceeding aroused the whole hive: half-a-dozen four-footed fiends, of various sizes and ages, issued from hidden dens to the common centre.