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Wuthering Heights, xii

In this chapter, Catherine’s delusions that recall her time on the moors with Heathcliff allow us to infer some of the things they did in childhood together.

Despite Catherine’s “ghastly countenance and strange exaggerated manner,” Nell does not communicate her “I am dying” sentiments to Edgar.

Catherine tears the pillow and arranges feathers: The lapwing, and her story about Heathcliff setting traps for birds on Penistone Crag (105).

elf-bolts It is believed that if one wandered incautiously, or trespassed in areas belonging to the fairies, they might shoot you with one of their invisible arrows. In turn you would sicken and die. (I was elf-shot as I took a shortcut off the path to Glastonbury Tor: by and by, I will die…)

The black press.

Catherine recalls braving Gimmerton Kirk with Heathcliff to call the ghosts.

“I wish I were out of doors – I wish I were a girl again, half savage, hardy, and free” (107). Too late, Nell  realizes this is serious, and almost at the moment Edgar enters, discovers his wife’s condition, and is furious.

In running for the doctor, Nell finds Isabella’s dog hanged from a gate post, and imagines hearing horse hoofs racing away. Her fears come true and realizing that Isabella and Heathcliff have run off together. Edgar’s response is that he has not disowned her, but she him.


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