Wuthering Heights Wednesday: June 2, 2010 – Week 9

Welcome to Wuthering Heights Wednesday! Softdrink is hosting a read-along of this classic novel, and we’re reading (and posting about) 3 chapters a week.

Volume II, Chapters 11-13

My Synopsis:

In last week’s reading, Cathy was ordered never to visit Linton again. So what do you think happened in this week’s reading? Yep, she went to visit him AND Mrs. Dean is the one that took her.

They met Linton near his house. He was collapsed upon the ground, weak and pale (his normal state of health). After a very brief visit, Heathcliff shows up and orders them to accompany him back to Wuthering Heights. Cathy puts up a fuss. Her papa would worry, blah blah. Mrs. Dean interjects but is not successful and Heathcliff will not take no for an answer. It’s clear that Heathcliff’s intent is to see Cathy and Linton married.

At the Heights, Heathcliff locks Mrs. Dean and Cathy in a room. Cathy attempts to get the key back but instead, gets clobbered by Heathcliff. This is a  very strange scene because he puts Cathy on his lap and then proceeds to box her about the ears. I kept picturing Cathy as a kind of bobble-head.

The next morning, Heathcliff reaches in, snatches Cathy and leaves Mrs. Dean in the room. Five days and four nights pass and still no Cathy.

My Thoughts:

So Linton and Heathcliff are in on this together. They’ve basically kidnapped two people and I can only assume that a marriage between Cathy and Linton will be the end result. How sickening.

Heathcliff may be the mastermind behind the plot but Linton seems to be behind it as well. The boy hasn’t matured at all. I’m not even sure he’d know what to do with a wife. To him, a wife probably isn’t much more than a servant. And Mrs. Dean! What an idiot. She certainly knows better, yet she continues to visit that wretched place and now look where it’s gotten her; locked up in some room while Linton and Cathy tie the knot.

My hopes this week were to finish the book. I’m sort of ready to be done with Wuthering Heights but with the long holiday and all, I couldn’t manage it.

Reading along:

9 thoughts on “Wuthering Heights Wednesday: June 2, 2010 – Week 9”

  1. I’ve got belly-laughs! Bobble-head! Sounds like an entrepreneurial idea! I am here to officially give you some credit. When I did my WH read-along, we did it in two segments, and read it over a couple of weeks. Get it over with quick, like ripping off a band-aid.

  2. I’ll confess to reading ahead over the weekend just to finish it. The first half was much better, in my opinion. The characters had more oomph to them.

  3. I’m probably going to finish it off this week, too. Although we had a little excitement this week, I’m ready to see how it all ends and move on.

  4. I’ve been annoyed with Mrs. Dean for ages already. They’re all such idiots in this book! It’s like they can’t see things coming even when it’s right in front of them.

  5. I’ll admit that I’m ready to be done with the book as well. Dragging it on for another two weeks just seems painful. 🙂 Still a little eager to find out what happens, though, as some of the current characters weren’t present at the beginning!

    1. I’m eager to find out how this all ends too. It can’t be good, but it seems like so little to work with. I am going to finish it this weekend if it kills me!

  6. I watched the movie for the first time earlier this week – It’s run reading your thoughts now that I know the characters a bit (I did watch the PBS version so hopefully it following the book more than other versions).

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about the end!

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