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  • In England, 1801, a man named Lockwood goes to visit a lonely home on the Yorkshire moors called Wuthering Heights.

  • Lockwood wishes to lease a nearby house called Thrushcross Grange.

  • It is owned by Heathcliff, who lives at Wuthering Heights.

  • Heathcliff is cold and surly and resembles a dark-skinned gypsy.

  • His house is dark, cold, and filled with menacing dogs, which injure Lockwood and force him to stay in this unnerving place.

  • The servants put Lockwood in a large bed.

  • In the intricate headboard he finds journals describing the oppressive lives of two children: Heathcliff and Catherine.

  • From the journal, he learns the two escaped their misery only in each other's company.

  • Lockwood is awakened by a moaning ghost outside the window.

  • It cries that its name is Catherine and it has "come home."

  • Heathcliff runs in and begs the ghost to come to him, but it is gone.

  • Nelly Dean is the housekeeper at Thrushcross Grange, and gives Lockwood some history:

  • Heathcliff is an orphan, brought to Wuthering Heights from Liverpool as a "ragged, black-haired child" by old Mr. Earnshaw.

  • Earnshaw's wife and their children, Hindley and Catherine, are cruel to Heathcliff.

  • But Mr. Earnshaw himself favors the orphan, adding to the resentment.

  • Eventually Hindley goes off to university.

  • Catherine becomes fond of Heathcliff and the two spend virtually all their time together.

  • When Mr. Earnshaw dies, Hindley becomes master of Wuthering Heights and treats Heathcliff like a farmhand.

  • Catherine is all that makes life tolerable for Heathcliff.

  • One day while Catherine and Heathcliff explore the moors, a dog bites Catherine.

  • Servants take her to Thrushcross Grange, berating Heathcliff for his dark complexion and gypsy-like appearance.

  • He goes back to Wuthering Heights but Catherine remains and is pampered while her injury heals.

  • Catherine returns after five weeks.

  • In her absence Heathcliff was subjected to even worse abuse, but after spending time

  • at Thrushcross Grange she looks like a ladylike young woman instead of the child running wild on the moors.

  • Hindley Earnshaw and Edgar Linton both torment Heathcliff.

  • When he fights back he is banished to his room, while Catherine keeps company with the more refined Edgar.

  • Heathcliff vows revenge on Hindley, no matter how long it takes.

  • Hindley's wife dies giving birth to their son, Hareton.

  • Edgar asks Catherine to marry him and she accepts.

  • Though she loves Heathcliff, Hindley has turned him into such a lowly servant it would be beneath her to marry him now.

  • But she believes their friendship will continue even if she marries another man.

  • On hearing this, Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights.

  • Edgar and Catherine marry and live happily at Thrushcross Grange with Edgar's sister, Isabella.

  • Three years later, Heathcliff returns and Catherine is thrilled to see him.

  • Edgar tells Catherine she must choose between him and Heathcliff, which infuriates her.

  • Heathcliff marries Isabella, since she is an heir to the Linton fortune, but life at Wuthering Heights is a miserable existence.

  • Hareton is a monster, Hindley is a drunken lout, and Heathcliff is "the devil."

  • He says he will make her suffer in Edgar's place as revenge for Edgar marrying Catherine.

  • But Edgar refuses to help Isabella since she married his mortal enemy, Heathcliff.

  • Catherine is pregnant, but very ill, when Heathcliff comes to see her.

  • He declares his love for her, but she wishes they were both dead.

  • He demands to know why she betrayed them both by marrying Edgar.

  • Catherine gives birth to a daughter, Cathy, and dies.

  • She is buried out on the lonely moor.

  • Heathcliff begs her to haunt him, for he cannot live without her.

  • Isabella escapes to London.

  • Hindley dies of alcoholism.

  • Concerned for young Hareton, Nelly goes to Wuthering Heights and finds that Heathcliff

  • is just as cruel to Hareton as he was to Hindley.

  • Edgar dotes on Cathy.

  • One day, Cathy slips away and ends up meeting her cousin Hareton at Wuthering Heights.

  • He is strong and handsome but entirely without education or manners.

  • She thinks he is a servant and treats him poorly, just as her mother treated Heathcliff.

  • Isabella dies in London.

  • Edgar brings back her son, Linton Heathcliff, who is pale and weak compared to Hareton.

  • Edgar hates to give Linton to Heathcliff, but has no choice since Heathcliff is the boy's father.

  • When Cathy is sixteen, Heathcliff invites her to visit Wuthering Heights.

  • He intends to have Cathy and Linton marry so that Heathcliff can inherit Thrushcross Grange when Edgar dies.

  • Cathy does fall in love with Linton and he loves her in return, but they end up in a

  • violent argument over the relationship between her mother, Catherine, and his father, Heathcliff.

  • Linton confesses that Heathcliff has threatened to kill him if he doesn't bring Cathy to Wuthering Heights and marry her.

  • She goes there with him, where Heathcliff torments them before they are, indeed, married.

  • Heathcliff locks Cathy upstairs but she escapes and returns home just before her father, Edgar, dies.

  • She is allowed to stay until he is buried beside her mother, Catherine, out on the moor.

  • Heathcliff tells Cathy that he loved her mother so much he had her grave dug up so he could see her again.

  • He has bribed the church sexton to lay him to rest beside her when he dies.

  • He says he is not afraid of the dead, because Catherine has been haunting him for the eighteen years since her death.

  • With Edgar dead, Heathcliff declares himself master of Thrushcross Grange.

  • He intends to lease it out and make a profit from it.

  • Linton falls ill and dies.

  • His will states that everything is left to his father, Heathcliff.

  • Cathy has nothing and is not allowed to leave.

  • Only she, Heathcliff, and Hareton remain at Wuthering Heights, leading a tormented existence there.

  • This brings the story back to the point where Lockwood was going to lease Thrushcross Grange.

  • He returns to London instead.

  • Some time later, Lockwood visits Wuthering Heights, which looks far better kept and more cheerful.

  • Inside, Lockwood finds Cathy teaching Hareton to read.

  • The two cousins are married now.

  • Nelly says Heathcliff finally lost interest in revenge and seemed to go mad, roaming the

  • house and staring out of the windows and reminding everyone that he was to be buried beside Catherine.

  • Nelly found him dead one night with rain pouring down on him from an open window.

  • Some of the country folk claim to have seen Heathcliff's ghost wandering the moor with Catherine.

  • Wuthering Heights is finally at peace.

In England, 1801, a man named Lockwood goes to visit a lonely home on the Yorkshire moors called Wuthering Heights.

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WUTHERING HEIGHTS BY EMILY BRONTE // ANIMATED BOOK SUMMARY

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    Jerry Liu posted on 2019/03/12
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