gradual healing through rest after sickness or injury
Then the paleness of her face--its haggard aspect having vanished as she recovered flesh--and the peculiar expression arising from her mental state, though painfully suggestive of their causes, added to the touching interest which she awakened, and--invariably to me, I know, and to any person who saw her, I should think--refuted more tangible proofs of
convalescence, and stamped her as one doomed to decay.
examine or consider with attention and in detail
She lifted the letter, and seemed to
peruse it, and when she came to the signature she sighed; yet still I found she had not gathered its import, for, upon my desiring to hear her reply, she merely pointed to the name and gazed at me with mournful and questioning eagerness.
avoid dealing with
Most likely he supposed that I was inclined to
shirk my promise, and so resolved to trust to his own audacity.
having brief brilliant points or flashes of light
Her present countenance had a wild vindictiveness in its white cheek, and a bloodless lip and a
scintillating eye; and she retained in her closed fingers a portion of the locks she had been grasping.
express criticism towards
You left me too; but I won't
release from entanglement or difficulty
"I must go, Cathy," said Heathcliff, seeking to
extricate himself from his companion's arms.
resistant to guidance or discipline
To be sure, one might have doubted, after the
wayward and impatient existence she had led, whether she merited a haven of peace at last.
characterized by departure from accepted standards
I declined answering Mrs. Dean's question, which struck me as something
cry or whine with snuffling
Put your handkerchief away; don't
snivel before me.
possessing or existing in bodily form
Necessity compelled me to seek shelter here, though, if I had not learned he was out of the way, I'd have halted at the kitchen, washed my face, warmed myself, got you to bring what I wanted, and departed again to anywhere out of the reach of my accursed--off that
I'd rather sit with Hindley, and hear his awful talk, than with 't' little maister' and his stanch supporter, that
odious old man!
any vertical post or rod used as a support
stanchions stood too close to suffer his shoulders to follow, and I smiled, exulting in my fancied security.
assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
I wouldn't have aided or
abetted an attempt on even his life for anything.
someone who has been legally convicted of a crime
I was in the condition of mind to be shocked at nothing; in fact, I was as reckless as some
malefactors show themselves at the foot of the gallows.
hurl or throw violently
I knocked over Hareton, who was hanging a litter of puppies from a chair-back in the doorway; and, blest as a soul escaped from purgatory, I bounded, leaped, and flew down the steep road; then, quitting its windings, shot direct across the moor, rolling over banks, and wading through marshes,
precipitating myself, in fact, towards the beacon light of the Grange.
a cruel and oppressive dictator
For a few days, I said, he seemed regardless of the puny successor to the departed; that coldness melted as fast as snow in April, and ere the tiny thing could stammer a word or totter a step, it wielded a
despot's sceptre in his heart.
briefly giving the gist of something
We at the Grange never got a very
succinct account of his state preceding it; all that I did learn was on occasion of going to aid in the preparations for the funeral.
It was so tiresomely
pertinacious that I resolved on requesting leave to go to Wuthering Heights and assist in the last duties to the dead.
strip the skin off
We broke in this morning, for we heard him snorting like a horse; and there he was, laid over the settle;
flaying and scalping would not have wakened him.
an indirect and usually malicious implication
He would, had he dared, have fostered hate between him and the present owner of the Heights; but his dread of that owner amounted to superstition, and he confined his feelings regarding him to muttered
innuendoes and private comminations.
misleading by means of pleasant or alluring methods
Catherine told Hareton who she was, and where she was going, and asked him to show her the way, finally
beguiling him to accompany her.
confidently optimistic and cheerful
Catherine ran wild with joy at the idea of welcoming her father back: and indulged most
sanguine anticipations of the innumerable excellencies of her "real" cousin.
having unsuitable feminine qualities
He was asleep in a corner, wrapped in a warm, fur-lined cloak, as if it had been winter--a pale, delicate,
effeminate boy, who might have been taken for my master's younger brother, so strong was the resemblance; but there was a sickly peevishness in his aspect that Edgar Linton never had.
only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
"Let me go to bed, then," answered the boy, shrinking from Catherine's salute; and he put up his fingers to remove
a feeling of alarm or dread
"I shall ask him what he wants first," I said, in considerable
excessively or hypocritically pious
He was donned in his Sunday garments, with his most
sanctimonious and sourest face; and, holding his hat in one hand and his stick in the other, he proceeded to clean his shoes on the mat.