Title: Wuthering Heights
Author: Emily Bronte
In around 1760, a gentleman farmer named Earnshaw went from his farm, Wuthering Heights, to Liverpool on a business trip. He found there a little boy left on the streets and was dirty and starving. Earnshaw brought the child home with him, to join his wife, his son Hindley, his daughter Catherine, a manservant named Joseph and the little maid, Ellen. He named the boy Heathcliff after a son of his who had died. All the other members of the household were against to bringing a strange boy, except for Catherine, who was a little younger than Heathcliff and became fast friends with him. Hindley in particular felt as though Heathcliff had took his place, although he was several years older. Hindley hurt Heathcliff when he could. Heathcliff was a strange, silent boy, who appeared not to mind the blows he received from Hindley. Earnshaw's wife died. Hindley was sent away to college in a last attempt to turn him into a worthy son, and to ease pressures at home.
After some years, Earnshaw's health declined. Finally he died, and Catherine and Heathcliff were very grieved. Hindley returned, now around twenty years old Heathcliff was about twelve and Catherine was eleven. He was married to a young woman. Hindley used his power to reduce Heathcliff to the level of a servant, although Heathcliff and Catherine continued their relationship. Catherine taught Heathcliff her lessons, and joined him in the fields to play all day
One day they ran down to the Grange, where the Lintons lived with their children Edgar and Isabella. When the Lintons found out that the girl was Miss Earnshaw, they took good care of her and threw Heathcliff out. Catherine stayed at the Grange for 5 weeks.
Hindley’s wife gave birth to a son, Hareton, and died soon. Hindley got used on drinking, and the household fell into mess. Heathcliff was badly treated, and came to hate Hindley more and more. Edgar Linton fell in love with Catherine, they became engaged, and Heathcliff ran away. Catherine fell ill after looking for Heathcliff all night in a storm, and went to the Grange to get better. The older Lintons caught her fever and died of it. Edgar and Catherine were married when she was around 18.
They lived for almost a year then Heathcliff returned. He had some money. Catherine was overjoyed to see him, Heathcliff stayed at Wuthering Heights, where he gradually gained control by paying Hindley's debts. Heathcliff married Isabella Linton and returned to Wuthering Heights.
Catherine died after giving birth to a daughter. A few days later Hindley tried to murder Heathcliff, Isabella escaped from Wuthering Heights and went to live close to London, where she gave birth to a son, Linton. Hindley died a few months after his sister Catherine.
Heathcliff began to act more and more strangely, and became incapable of concentrating on the world around him, as though Catherine's ghost wouldn't let him. He stopped eating and sleeping, and Ellen found him dead one morning, with a savage smile on his face. He was buried next to Catherine, as he had wished. Hareton grieved for him.
A great novel from the English literature, written by Emily Bronte. It describes the life and human relations in England in the 18th century.