"Wuthering Heights," Vocabulary from Chapters 27-30

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. wrought
    shaped to fit by altering the contours of a pliable mass
    The havoc that months had previously wrought was now emulated by the inroads of hours.
  2. emulate
    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
    The havoc that months had previously wrought was now emulated by the inroads of hours.
  3. supplicate
    ask for humbly or earnestly, as in prayer
    Linton shivered, and glanced at her, half supplicating, half ashamed; but his cousin's patience was not sufficient to endure this enigmatical behaviour.
  4. trifling
    the act of delaying and playing instead of working
    I desire an explanation; playing and trifling are completely banished out of my mind, and I can't dance attendance on your affectations now!"
  5. attenuated
    reduced in strength
    "But my father threatened me," gasped the boy, clasping his attenuated fingers, "and I dread him--I dread him!
  6. vivisection
    the act of operating on living animals
    Had I been born where laws are less strict and tastes less dainty, I should treat myself to a slow vivisection of those two as an evening's amusement."
  7. expeditiously
    with efficiency; in an efficient manner
    Mr. Heathcliff, perceiving us all confounded, rose, and expeditiously made the tea himself.
  8. obliged
    under a moral obligation to do something
    She's glad to be obliged to stay, I'm certain."
  9. laden
    filled with a great quantity
    Complying eagerly, I beheld Hareton, laden with food enough to last me all day.
  10. apathetic
    showing little or no emotion or animation
    Linton lay on the settle, sole tenant, sucking a stick of sugar-candy, and pursuing my movements with apathetic eyes.
  11. gratitude
    a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation
    That's fine gratitude, is it not?"
  12. rapt
    feeling great delight
    "I am going to her; and you, darling child, shall come to us," and never stirred or spoke again, but continued that rapt, radiant gaze till his pulse imperceptibly stopped and his soul departed.
  13. infringement
    an act that disregards an agreement or a right
    There was the will, however, to hinder that, and my loud protestations against any infringement of its directions.
  14. incur
    make oneself subject to
    She told me that her anguish had at last spurred Linton to incur the risk of liberating her.
  15. contrivance
    an elaborate or deceitful scheme to deceive or evade
    Her accomplice suffered for his share in the escape, notwithstanding his timid contrivances.

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