Wuthering Heights Wednesday is the brainchild of Jill over at Fizzy Thoughts. We’re reading 3 chapters a week which has been working out quite well. I’m surprised to say I’m enjoying the book. It’s amusing me in a weird kind of way and I find myself wanting to read on to find out what’s next.
Chapter 4 begins with Mr. Lockwood trying to determine if his housekeeper is a gossiper or not. Lucky for him, she is. Nelly loves to talk about people and regales him with things that have happened in the past which she happens to know a lot about since she worked for the Earnshaw family (previous owners of Wuthering Heights) back in the time.
So the Earnshaws had two children – Catherine and Hindley. However one day when Mr. Earnshaw comes home from a trip he happens to bring a bedraggled child home with him – this child happens to be none other than Heathcliff. Turns out that Heathcliff is pretty agreeable and Mr. Earnshaw tends to favor him over his own kids who are more troublesome.
Hindley was relentless in his torment of Heathcliff and in the beginning so was Cathy. However later on she took a shine to him and they were best buds after that. When Mr. Earnshaw finally passes on and Hindley is in charge he puts Heathcliff to live in the back kitchen and orders him and Cathy to leave the rest of the house to him.
Chapter 6 finds Cathy and Heathcliff out snooping at Thrushcross Grange (which happens to be the Linton residence) where they are peeking in a window to see a couple of kids fighting over a dog. They are discovered at the window and while Cathy is yelling at Heathcliff to run she is bitten and held by the ankle by a dog. After the owners discover who the the little brats are they tell Heathcliff to leave but invite Cathy in and take care of her wound and feed her cookies. This leaves Heathcliff to head home and excitedly tell Nelly all that has happened to them.
So, that’s it for this week. I’m curious to see what happens now that Cathy is at the Linton house. I’m glad that I now know who Heathcliff is and how he fits into the story although I’m curious how he ends up so rich and owning Wuthering Heights but I imagine that is yet to come. I’m also more than curious how I have one dead Cathy and one alive or at least I think I do. So, onwards to the next three chapters and I’ll catch up with you all next week with my thoughts.
Join in if you’d like. You can see Jill’s post at Fizzzy Thoughts from yesterday and here are the rest of the participants in the Wuthering Heights read-a-long so you can check out their thoughts as well.
- Literate Housewife
- Vivienne( Serendipidy)
- Messy Karen
- Jenny (Take Me Away)
- Ti (Book Chatter)
- Lisa – Lit And Life
- J.C. Montgomery (The Biblio Blogazine)
- JoAnn (Lakeside Musing)
- Gentle Reader (Shelf Life)
- Amy at New Century Reading
- Geri at One More Foggy Notion