"Wuthering Heights," Vocabulary from Chapters 31-34

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. entreat
    ask for or request earnestly
    I went to the Heights as I proposed; my housekeeper entreated me to bear a little note from her to her young lady, and I did not refuse, for the worthy woman was not conscious of anything odd in her request.
  2. rustic
    an unsophisticated country person
    The fellow is as handsome a rustic as need be seen.
  3. theology
    the rational and systematic study of religion
    Only once I searched through Joseph's store of theology, to his great irritation.
  4. commencement
    an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
    "But, Mrs. Heathcliff, we have each had a commencement, and each stumbled and tottered on the threshold.
  5. malice
    feeling a need to see others suffer
    Besides, of all, he has selected my favourite pieces that I love the most to repeat, as if out of deliberate malice."
  6. hurl
    throw forcefully
    He afterwards gathered the books and hurled them on the fire.
  7. conflagration
    a very intense and uncontrolled fire
    "Yes, that's all the good that such a brute as you can get from them!" cried Catherine, sucking her damaged lip, and watching the conflagration with indignant eyes.
  8. naught
    a quantity of no importance
    " Naught, naught," he said, and broke away to enjoy his grief and anger in solitude.
  9. saturnine
    showing a brooding ill humor
    With Mr. Heathcliff, grim and saturnine, on the one hand, and Hareton, absolutely dumb, on the other, I made a somewhat cheerless meal, and bade adieu early.
  10. excursion
    a journey taken for pleasure
    Wuthering Heights was the goal of my proposed excursion.
  11. skulk
    move stealthily
    I supposed I should be condemned in Hareton Earnshaw's heart, if not by his mouth, to the lowest pit in the infernal regions if I showed my unfortunate person in his neighbourhood then; and feeling very mean and malignant, I skulked round to seek refuge in the kitchen.
  12. ingenuity
    the power of creative imagination
    But her ingenuity was at work to remedy the injury.
  13. obstinate
    resistant to guidance or discipline
    When Hareton was there she generally paused in an interesting part and left the book lying about--that she did repeatedly; but he was as obstinate as a mule, and, instead of snatching at her bait, in wet weather he took to smoking with Joseph;
  14. automaton
    someone who acts or responds in a mechanical way
    and they sat like automatons, one on each side of the fire, the elder happily too deaf to understand her wicked nonsense, as he would have called it, the younger doing his best to seem to disregard it.
  15. obdurate
    stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
    Catherine, by instinct, must have divined it was obdurate perversity, and not dislike, that prompted this dogged conduct, for, after remaining an instant undecided, she stooped and impressed on his cheek a gentle kiss.
  16. paragon
    a perfect embodiment of a concept
    Earnshaw was not to be civilized with a wish, and my young lady was no philosopher and no paragon of patience; but both their minds tending to the same point--one loving and desiring to esteem, and the other loving and desiring to be esteemed--they contrived in the end to reach it.
  17. disparagement
    the act of speaking contemptuously of
    He said he wouldn't suffer a word to be uttered in his disparagement. lf he were the devil, it didn't signify--he would stand by him; and he'd rather she would abuse himself, as she used to, than begin on Mr. Heathcliff.
  18. subside
    wear off or die down
    He walked to the hearth in evident agitation, but it quickly subsided as he looked at the young man--or, I should say, altered its character, for it was there yet.
  19. magnanimity
    liberality in bestowing gifts
    That sounds as if I had been labouring the whole time only to exhibit a fine trait of magnanimity.
  20. potent
    having great influence
    That, however, which you may suppose the most potent to arrest my imagination, is actually the least; for what is not connected with her to me? and what does not recall her?
  21. compulsion
    an urge to do something that might be better left undone
    And it is like bending back a stiff spring; it is by compulsion that I do the slightest act not prompted by one thought, and by compulsion that I notice anything alive or dead which is not associated with one universal idea.
  22. conjecture
    to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
    He asserted it himself; but not a soul, from his general bearing, would have conjectured the fact.
  23. bane
    something causing misery or death
    "But where did he come from, the little dark thing, harboured by a good man to his bane?" muttered Superstition, as I dozed into unconsciousness.
  24. protracted
    relatively long in duration
    I vainly reminded him of his protracted abstinence from food.
  25. abstinence
    act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
    I vainly reminded him of his protracted abstinence from food.
  26. irksome
    tedious or irritating
    It was too irksome to lie there harassing my brain with a hundred idle misgivings.
  27. err
    stray from a direct course or at random
    Could it be hurtful to send for some one (some minister of any denomination--it does not matter which) to explain it, and show you how very far you have erred from its precepts, and how unfit you will be for its heaven, unless a change takes place before you die?"
  28. exultation
    a feeling of extreme joy
    I hasped the window; I combed his black long hair from his forehead; I tried to close his eyes--to extinguish, if possible, that frightful, life-like gaze of exultation before any one else beheld it.

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