"Wuthering Heights," Vocabulary from Chapters 21-26

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. vestige
    an indication that something has been present
    "Not much," I answered; not a morsel, I thought, surveying with regret the white complexion and slim frame of my companion, and his large languid eyes--his mother's eyes, save that, unless a morbid touchiness kindled them a moment, they had not a vestige of her sparkling spirit.
  2. filial
    relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring
    What a shame of your mother, never to waken your filial regard for me!
  3. cipher
    a person of no influence
    I guess you'll report what you hear and see to the cipher at the Grange; and this thing won't be settled while you linger about it."
  4. aversion
    a feeling of intense dislike
    While he was speaking, Joseph returned bearing a basin of milk-porridge, and placed it before Linton, who stirred round the homely mess with a look of aversion, and affirmed he could not eat it.
  5. rebuff
    reject outright and bluntly
    Having no excuse for lingering longer, I slipped out, while Linton was engaged in timidly rebuffing the advances of a friendly sheep-dog.
  6. corroboration
    confirmation that some fact or statement is true
    "I've neither taken any nor found any," she said, as I toiled to them, expanding her hands in corroboration of the statement.
  7. accede
    agree or express agreement
    I whispered Catherine that she mustn't on any account accede to the proposal.
  8. salubrious
    favorable to health of mind or body
    His features were pretty yet, and his eye and complexion brighter than I remembered them, though with merely temporary lustre borrowed from the salubrious air and genial sun.
  9. mitigated
    made less severe or intense
    Linton's looks and movements were very languid, and his form extremely slight; but there was a grace in his manner that mitigated these defects, and rendered him not unpleasing.
  10. bathos
    triteness or triviality of style
    And he'll never be able to emerge from his bathos of coarseness and ignorance.
  11. mortification
    strong feelings of embarrassment
    "If thou weren't more a lass than a lad, I'd fell thee this minute, I would, pitiful lath of a crater!" retorted the angry boor, retreating, while his face burned with mingled rage and mortification, for he was conscious of being insulted, and embarrassed how to resent it.
  12. copious
    large in number or quantity
    The earlier dated were embarrassed and short; gradually, however, they expanded into copious love-letters, foolish, as the age of the writer rendered natural, yet with touches here and there which I thought were borrowed from a more experienced source.
  13. incorporeal
    without material form or substance
    Some of them struck me as singularly odd compounds of ardour and flatness, commencing in strong feeling, and concluding in the affected, wordy style that a schoolboy might use to a fancied, incorporeal sweetheart.
  14. epistle
    a specially long, formal letter
    I went round by the garden and laid wait for the messenger, who fought valorously to defend his trust, and we spilt the milk between us; but I succeeded in abstracting the epistle, and threatening serious consequences if he did not look sharp home, I remained under the wall and perused Miss Cathy's affectionate composition.
  15. immolation
    killing or offering as a sacrifice
    She emptied her blackened pieces into the flames, and motioned me to finish the immolation.
  16. yonder
    in an indicated distant place
    There's a little flower up yonder--the last bud from the multitude of bluebells that clouded those turf steps in July with a lilac mist.
  17. Elysium
    a place or condition of ideal happiness
    Joseph seemed sitting in a sort of elysium alone, beside a roaring fire; a quart of ale on the table near him, bristling with large pieces of toasted oat cake; and his black, short pipe in his mouth.
  18. aghast
    struck with fear, dread, or consternation
    As to his cousin, she wept with all her might, aghast at the mischief she had done, though she said nothing.
  19. pathos
    a feeling of sorrow for the misfortunes of others
    He sighed and moaned like one under great suffering, and kept it up for a quarter of an hour, on purpose to distress his cousin, apparently, for whenever he caught a stifled sob from her he put renewed pain and pathos into the inflections of his voice.
  20. undulate
    move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
    Mine was rocking in a rustling green tree, with a west wind blowing, and bright white clouds flitting rapidly above, and not only larks, but throstles, and blackbirds, and linnets, and cuckoos pouring out music on every side, and the moors seen at a distance, broken into cool, dusky dells, but close by great swells of long grass undulating in waves to the breeze, and woods and sounding water, and the whole world awake and wild with joy.
  21. acquiesce
    agree or express agreement
    Cathy was a powerful ally at home, and between them they at length persuaded my master to acquiesce in their having a ride or a walk together about once a week, under my guardianship, and on the moors nearest the Grange
  22. scruple
    uneasiness about the fitness of an action
    Catherine perceived, as well as I did, that he held it rather a punishment than a gratification to endure our company, and she made no scruple of proposing, presently, to depart.

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