"Wuthering Heights," Vocabulary from Chapters 10-14

A strong current of revenge flows through the pages of Emily Bronte's gothic romance, "Wuthering Heights" (etext found here).

Learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-9, Chapters 10-14, Chapters 15-20, Chapters 21-26, Chapters 27-30, Chapters 31-34

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  1. impassable
    incapable of being gone across or through
    Four weeks' torture, tossing and sickness! Oh, these bleak winds and bitter, northern skies, and impassable roads, and dilatory country surgeons!
  2. dilatory
    wasting time
    Four weeks' torture, tossing and sickness! Oh, these bleak winds and bitter, northern skies, and impassable roads, and dilatory country surgeons!
  3. scoundrel
    someone who does evil deliberately
    Scoundrel! He is not altogether guiltless in this illness of mine; and that I had a great mind to tell him.
  4. phalanx
    a body of troops in close array
    Keep your fingers from that bitter phalanx of vials.
  5. imperious
    having or showing arrogant superiority
    He concealed it from her; but if ever he heard me answer sharply, or saw any other servant grow cloudy at some imperious order of hers, he would show his trouble by a frown of displeasure that never darkened on his own account.
  6. vexed
    troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances
    He many a time spoke sternly to me about my pertness, and averred that the stab of a knife could not inflict a worse pang than he suffered at seeing his lady vexed.
  7. ascribe
    attribute or credit to
    Catherine had seasons of gloom and silence now and then; they were respected with sympathizing silence by her husband, who ascribed them to an alteration in her constitution, produced by her perilous illness, as she was never subject to depression of spirits before.
  8. sallow
    unhealthy looking
    A ray fell on his features; the cheeks were sallow and half covered with black whiskers, the brows lowering, the eyes deep-set and singular.
  9. calamity
    an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
    Ere long I heard the click of the latch, and Catherine flew upstairs, breathless and wild, too excited to show gladness; indeed, by her face, you would rather have surmised an awful calamity.
  10. droll
    comical in an odd or whimsical manner
    Mrs. Linton eyed him with a droll expression--half angry, half laughing, at his fastidiousness.
  11. gentry
    the most powerful members of a society
    Set two tables here, Ellen--one for your master and Miss Isabella, being gentry; the other for Heathcliff and myself, being of the lower orders.
  12. degradation
    a low or downcast state
    His countenance was much older in expression and decision of feature than Mr. Linton's; it looked intelligent, and retained no marks of former degradation.
  13. petulance
    an irritable feeling
    If that creature knew how bitter, he'd be ashamed to cloud its removal with idle petulance.
  14. exuberance
    joyful enthusiasm
    Mr. Linton had not only abjured his peevishness (though his spirits seemed still subdued by Catherine's exuberance of vivacity), but he ventured no objection to her taking Isabella with her to Wuthering Heights in the afternoon.
  15. covet
    wish, long, or crave for
    It is impossible that you can covet the admiration of Heathcliff--that you consider him an agreeable person!
  16. deplorable
    bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
    It is deplorable ignorance of his character, child, and nothing else, which makes that dream enter your head.
  17. avarice
    extreme greed for material wealth
    Avarice is growing with him a besetting sin.
  18. blighted
    affected by something that prevents growth or prosperity
    She has blighted my single consolation.
  19. knave
    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
    Up at sundown; dice, brandy, cloised shutters, un can'le-light till next day at noon; then, t' fooil gangs banning un raving to his cham'er, makking dacent fowks dig thur fingers i' thur lugs fur varry shame; un the knave, why he can caint his brass, un ate, un sleep, un off to his neighbour's to gossip wi' t' wife.
  20. mawkish
    effusively or insincerely emotional
    You'd hear of odd things if I lived alone with that mawkish, waxen face.
  21. cleave
    stick or hold together and resist separation
    My heart invariably cleaved to the master's, in preference to Catherine's side--with reason, I imagined, for he was kind, and trustful, and honourable; and she--she could not be called the opposite, yet she seemed to allow herself such wide latitude that I had little faith in her principles, and still less sympathy for her feelings.
  22. propitiate
    make peace with
    Fit to cry, I took an orange from my pocket, and offered it to propitiate him.
  23. approbation
    official recognition or approval
    "He might spare himself the trouble," said Heathcliff; "I could do as well without his approbation.
  24. hovel
    small crude shelter used as a dwelling
    Having levelled my palace, don't erect a hovel and complacently admire your own charity in giving me that for a home.
  25. ignominious
    deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
    Three minutes' delay will render it involuntary and ignominious."
  26. bludgeon
    a club used as a weapon
    Each has a bludgeon; and master will very likely be watching from the parlour windows, to see that they fulfil his orders."
  27. compunction
    a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed
    Mr. Linton stood looking at her in sudden compunction and fear.
  28. paroxysm
    a sudden uncontrollable attack
    My late anguish was swallowed in a paroxysm of despair.
  29. obviate
    prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
    To obviate the fatigue of mounting and descending the stairs, we fitted up this, where you lie at present, on the same floor with the parlour; and she was soon strong enough to move from one to the other, leaning on Edgar's arm.
  30. redound
    He did it with a courtesy that redounded to his credit.
  31. perspicacity
    intelligence manifested by being astute
    It was a marvellous effort of perspicacity to discover that I did not love her.
  32. abject
    most unfortunate or miserable
    Tell your master, Nelly, that I never, in all my life, met with such an abject thing as she is.
  33. quiescence
    a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction
    If Edgar Linton meets me I shall not hesitate to knock him down, and give him enough to assure his quiescence while I stay.
  34. insipid
    lacking interest or significance or impact
    And that insipid, paltry creature attending her former duty and humanity, from pity and charity!
  35. iteration
    doing or saying again
    And then I remembered Mr. Edgar's stern rebuke of my carrying tales, and I tried to smooth away all disquietude on the subject by affirming, with frequent iteration, that that betrayal of trust, if it merited so harsh an appellation, should be the last.

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