“And then we shall fight to the death, shant we, Nelly?” she returned, laughing. “No! I tell you, I have such faith in Lintons love, that I believe I might kill him, and he wouldnt wish to retaliate.”
I had risen in angry rebellion against Providence
“I do,” she answered, “but he neednt resort to whining for trifles. It is childish; and, instead of melting into tears because I said that Heathcliff was now worthy of anyones hop over to the website regard, and it would honour the first gentleman in the country to be his friend, he ought to have said it for me, and been delighted from sympathy. He must get accustomed to him, and he may as well like him: considering how Heathcliff has reason to object to him, Im sure he behaved excellently!”
“What do you think of his going to Wuthering Heights?” I inquired. “He is reformed in every respect, apparently: quite a Christian: offering the right hand of fellowship to his enemies all around!”
“He explained it,” she replied. “I wonder as much as you. He said he called to gather information concerning me from you, supposing you resided there still; and Joe out and fell to questioning him of what he had been doing, and how he had been living; and finally, desired him to walk in. There were some persons sitting at cards; Heathcliff joined them; my brother lost some money to him, and, finding him plentifully supplied, he requested that he would come again in the evening: to which he consented. Hindley is too reckless to select his acquaintance prudently: he doesnt trouble himself to reflect on the causes he might have for mistrusting one whom he has basely injured. But Heathcliff affirms his principal reason for resuming a connection with his ancient persecutor is a wish to install himself in quarters at walking distance from the Grange, and an attachment to the house where we lived together; and likewise a hope that I shall have more opportunities of seeing him there than I could have if he settled in Gimmerton. He means to offer liberal payment for permission to lodge at the Heights; and doubtless my brothers covetousness will prompt him to accept the terms: he was always greedy; though what he grasps with one hand he flings away with the other.”
Im an angel!
“Its a nice place for a young man to fix his dwelling in!” said I. “Have you no fear of the consequences, Mrs. Linton?”
“None for my friend,” she replied: “his strong head will keep him from danger; a little for Hindley: but he cant be made morally worse than he is; and I stand between him and bodily harm. Oh, Ive endured very, very bitter misery, Nelly! If that creature knew how bitter, hed be ashamed to cloud its removal with idle petulance. It was kindness for him which induced me to bear it alone: had I expressed the agony I frequently felt, he would have been taught to long for its alleviation as ardently as I. However, its over, and Ill take no revenge on his folly; I can afford to suffer anything hereafter! Should the meanest thing alive slap me on the cheek, Id not only turn the other, but Id ask pardon for provoking it; and, as a proof, Ill go make my peace with Edgar instantly. Good-night! ”
In this self-complacent conviction she departed; and the success of her fulfilled resolution was obvious on the morrow: Mr. Linton had not only abjured his peevishness (though his spirits seemed still subdued by Catherines exuberance of vivacity), but he ventured no objection to her taking Isabella with her to Wuthering Heights in the afternoon; and she rewarded him with such a summer of sweetness and affection in return as made the house a paradise for several days; both master and servants profiting from the perpetual sunshine.