Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Heathcliff was a homeless boy living in Liverpool before he was adopted by the master of Wuthering Heights, Mr Earnshaw, when he was seven. Mr Earnshaw had two children, Catherine, who was six, and Hindley, who was fourteen. Catherine and Heathcliff made firm friends and were rarely seen apart, but Hindley disliked Heathcliff and was cruel to him. Mr Earnshaw began to love Heathcliff more than his own son, and Hindley is sent away to college. Three years later Mr Earnshaw dies, and Hindley returns as master of the house, with his Wife, Frances, determined to seek revenge on Heathcliff. Catherine and Heathcliff still keep, their close relationship, however, but when they make a trip to Thrushcross Grange to tease the snobbish children, Isabella and Edgar Linton, who live there, Catherine is bitten by a dog and is forced to stay there for five weeks to recuperate, during which time Mrs Linton makes Catherine into a proper young lady. When Catherine returns, she has become infatuated with Edgar, even though she loves Heathcliff, and her wish for a rise in social status forces her to marry Edgar Linton, making Heathcliff run away from Wuthering Heights. Meanwhile Frances has passed away after giving birth to a baby boy, Hareton, and this sends Hindley into alcoholism and gambling. When Heathcliff returns he is a wealthy man, and vows to have his revenge on all who have wronged him, and when Hindley dies he inherits the manor. He also marries Isabella Linton in order to inherit the Grange, and treats her very cruelly. Catherine gives birth to a daughter, Cathy, and dies, making Heathcliff distraught, and shortly after Isabella flees to London to give birth to Heathcliff’s son, whom she names Linton. Cathy grows up at the Grange, with no knowledge of the Manor, until she stables upon it one day, finds Hareton and plays with him. Isabella then dies, and sickly, weak, Linton comes to live with Heathcliff, and he and Cathy begin a romance, but is it really love? Or just part of Heathcliff’s plan for revenge?

I must sadly say that I did not particularly enjoy this book. I really did not. I found it very confusing and complicated, which may just be because I am not one for long, dragging romances, but I thought that ultimately, it was quite boring. I thought that all the dying after giving birth made it quite predictable, and, for me, it just ticked all the wrong boxes. I know that it was written a long time ago, and it was meant to be complicated and romantic, but I just did not like it. Sorry.

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