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.
provide evidence for
Even the gate over which he leant
manifested no sympathizing movement to the words; and I think that circumstance determined me to accept the invitation.
exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
Joseph was an elderly, nay, an old man--very old, perhaps, though
hale and sinewy.
possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful
Joseph was an elderly, nay, an old man--very old, perhaps, though hale and
arrival that has been awaited
"The Lord help us!" he soliloquized 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
cause to be alert and energetic
bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed.
money or goods contributed to the poor
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.
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.
having rugged physical strength
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.
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
bestow my own attributes over liberally on him.
an indirect suggestion
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.
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.
the human face
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.
to insert between other elements
I flung her back, and hastened to
interpose the table between us.
causing irritation or annoyance
Mr. Heathcliff and his man climbed the cellar steps with
a violent commotion or disturbance
I don't think they moved one second faster than usual, though the hearth was an absolute
tempest of worrying and yelping.
brief and to the point
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.
rude and boorish
I ejaculated, mentally, "you deserve perpetual isolation from your species for your
utter a sound similar to clearing the throat
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.
forming opinions by distinguishing and evaluating
Well, then, I must trust to my own
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 everyday countenance.
extremely evil or cruel
"My amiable lady!" he interrupted, with an almost
diabolical sneer on his face.
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.
doing or producing good
"Ah, certainly--I see now; you are the favoured possessor of the
beneficent fairy," I remarked, turning to my neighbour.
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.
any painful disorder of the joints or muscles
The red cow didn't die by chance, and your
rheumatism can hardly be reckoned among providential visitations!"
a person without moral scruples
reprobate; you are a castaway.
"Take the road you came," she answered,
ensconcing herself in a chair, with a candle, and the long book open before her.
someone you feel sorry for
It will not suit me to permit any one the range of the place while I am off guard!" said the unmannerly
listen; used mostly in the imperative
hearken; shoo's cursing on 'em!" muttered Joseph, towards whom I had been steering.
a person without moral scruples
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.
lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest
vapid listlessness I leant my head against the window, and continued spelling over Catherine Earnshaw-- Heathcliff--Linton, till my eyes closed.
a large and scholarly book
I snuffed it off, and, very ill at ease under the influence of cold and lingering nausea, sat up and spread open the injured
tome on my knee.
exceptionally bad or displeasing
Hindley is a detestable substitute--his conduct to Heathcliff is
atrocious--H. and I are going to rebel--we took our initiatory step this evening.
thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
I took my
dingy volume by the scroop, and hurled it into the dog-kennel, vowing I hated a good book.
loud confused noise from many sources
Then there was a
I suppose Catherine fulfilled her project, for the next sentence took up another subject; she waxed
a wanderer with no established residence or means of support
Hindley calls him a
vagabond, and won't let him sit with us, nor eat with us any more; and he says, he and I must not play together, and threatens to turn him out of the house if we break his orders.
the action of going beyond some boundary or limit
They were of the most curious character--odd
transgressions that I never imagined previously.
to move in a twisting or contorted motion
writhed, and yawned, and nodded, and revived!
one who suffers for the sake of principle
martyrs, have at him!
a feeling of strong eagerness
Every man's hand was against his neighbour; and Branderham, unwilling to remain idle, poured forth his
zeal in a shower of loud taps on the boards of the pulpit, which responded so smartly that at last, to my unspeakable relief, they woke me.
Still it wailed, "Let me in!" and maintained its
tenacious gripe, almost maddening me with fear.
The fingers relaxed; I snatched mine through the hole, hurriedly piled the books up in a pyramid against it, and stopped my ears to exclude the
filled with or evoking sadness
I seemed to keep them closed above a quarter of an hour; yet the instant I listened again, there was the
doleful cry moaning on!
a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned
I've been a
waif for twenty years!"
identifying words by which someone or something is called
I did not know whether to resent this language or pursue my explanation; but he seemed so powerfully affected that I took pity and proceeded with my dreams, affirming I had never heard the
appellation of "Catherine Linton" before, but reading it often over produced an impression which personified itself when I had no longer my imagination under control.
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
I guessed, however, by his irregular and intercepted breathing, that he struggled to
vanquish an excess of violent emotion.
be in contradiction with
I obeyed, so far as to quit the chamber; when, ignorant where the narrow lobbies led, I stood still, and was witness, involuntarily, to a piece of superstition on the part of my landlord which
belied oddly his apparent sense.
a sudden desire
The spectre showed a spectre's ordinary
Nothing was stirring except a brindled, gray cat, which crept from the ashes, and saluted me with a
an acknowledgment or expression of good will
A more elastic footstep entered next; and now I opened my mouth for a "good-morning," but closed it again, the
salutation unachieved, for Hareton Earnshaw was performing his orisons, sotto voce, in a series of curses directed against every object he touched, while he rummaged a corner for a spade or shovel to dig through the drifts.
reverent petition to a deity
A more elastic footstep entered next; and now I opened my mouth for a "good-morning," but closed it again, the salutation unachieved, for Hareton Earnshaw was performing his
orisons, sotto voce, in a series of curses directed against every object he touched, while he rummaged a corner for a spade or shovel to dig through the drifts.
the act or means of going out
I guessed by his preparations that
egress was allowed, and leaving my hard couch, made a movement to follow him.
have, give, or receive a share of
Having no desire to be entertained by a cat-and-dog combat, I stepped forward briskly, as if eager to
partake the warmth of the hearth, and innocent of any knowledge of the interrupted dispute.
incapable of being perceived by the senses, especially touch
I declined joining their breakfast, and at the first gleam of dawn took an opportunity of escaping into the free air, now clear, and still, and cold as
a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
Many pits, at least, were filled to a level, and entire ranges of mounds, the refuse of the
quarries, blotted from the chart which my yesterday's walk left pictured in my mind.
(of birds) not yet having developed feathers
And Hareton has been cast out like an
the act of making amends for service or loss or injury
I was obliged to confess, and in
recompense for my cowardice and inhumanity was sent out of the house.
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
Take him, and be damned, you beggarly interloper; and
wheedle my father out of all he has.
a person authorized to conduct religious worship
At last, our
curate (we had a
curate then who made the living answer by teaching the little Lintons and Earnshaws, and farming his bit of land himself)--he advised that the young man should be sent to college, and Mr. Earnshaw agreed, though with a heavy spirit
feel sorry for; be contrite about
I doubt thy mother and I must
rue that we ever reared thee!"