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A new renter (Mr. Lockwood) comes to Wuthering Heights to present himself to the master of the house, Mr. Heathcliff. He decides to stay the night, although he is wholly unwanted, due to a snowstorm. He stays in a seldom used room and is haunted by nightmares of a ghoulish dead girl who tries to get into the room. He quickly leaves the next day and meets his new housekeeper, Nelly. Nelly tells him the story of how she came to be at Thrushcross Grange and how Wuthering Heights came to be owned by Mr. Heathcliff. Mr. Healthcliff was brought home one day by the then-master of the house, Mr. Earnshaw. He saw Heathcliff on a corner, derelict, and took pity on him. Heathcliff became his favorite, which made Earnshaw Junior very jealous. He treated him horribly. But Heathcliff connected with Catherine (daughter) and they became close friends. They ran through the woods at night after Earnshaw Senior died, and Cathy was attacked by a bulldog owned by the Linton family who owned Thrushcross Grange. They took Cathy in and she left weeks later a changed person. She was a woman, careful with her clothes and no longer willing to play the games of Heathcliff. She decided to marry Edgar Linton and Heathcliff left to make his fortune. We never find out how he became rich. Nelly lives with Cathy and Edgar (and his sister) and is very happy until Heathcliff comes back and takes up residence again in Wuthering Heights. He takes advantage of Earnshaw's abuse of alcohol to loan him money as a mortgage on the house. When Earnshaw finally passes the house reverts to Heathcliff, who keeps Earnshaw's son (Hareton) on as a hired hand. Healthcliff has a son with Linton's sister, Isabella, who he exploits thanks to Catherine's wandering mouth. They have a son, Linton, who is weak and sickly. Catherine and Edgar Linton have a daughter, Catherine, who is born just before Catherine dies. When Catherine dies both Heathcliff and Edgar react with depression and anger, at each other and at her loss. The younger Catherine ends up being forced to marry Linton, who dies soon after. Heathcliff gets both estates, but he is continually haunted by Catherine. He dies after Lockwood leaves for London, and when Lockwood returns he finds that Catherine and Hareton have fallen in love and are to be married. There are rumors of Heathcliff's ghost haunting the moors with Catherine, but Nelly is not quick to believe it.
What a great book. Just wonderfully written and a great read. It is fast paced and just a very fun read. I loved the characters, with the exception of Joseph who's broken speech was difficult to translate. I loved Nelly's personal opinions that were inserted in her narrative, and the rational, outsider approach of Lockwood. Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange really appear to be their own little world, with intermarriages and all of the difficult feelings of close neighbors. It was almost a commentary on how the world would work if we were reduced to two families, with the bigger, stronger family scheming in ways to conquer to the other. Heathcliff was a perfect character, full of flaws but brilliant and far-sighted. Catherine was probably the most flawed, choosing the wrong mate for herself and giving Isabella up to Heathcliff through her own jealousy. The description of the estates was perfect and I just loved this book. Wonderful.
 

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The best book I ever read. Everyone should read it.

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