In the late winter months of 1801, a man named Lockwood rents a manor house called Thrushcross Grange in the isolated moor country of England.Here, he meets his dour landlord, Heathcliff, a wealthy man who lives in the ancient manor of Wuthering Heights, four miles away from the Grange.
In the late winter months of 1801, a man named Lockwood rents a manor house called Thrushcross Grange in the isolated moor country of England.
He forces Catherine to live at Wuthering Heights and act as a common servant, while he rents Thrushcross Grange to Lockwood. Lockwood, appalled, ends his tenancy at Thrushcross Grange and returns to London.
However, six months later, he pays a visit to Nelly, and learns of further developments in the story.
Soon after the marriage, Edgar dies, and his death is quickly followed by the death of the sickly Linton.
Heathcliff now controls both Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.
In this wild, stormy countryside, Lockwood asks his housekeeper, Nelly Dean, to tell him the story of Heathcliff and the strange denizens of Wuthering Heights. Earnshaw goes to Liverpool and returns home with an orphan boy whom he will raise with his own children.
Nelly consents, and Lockwood writes down his recollections of her tale in his diary; these written recollections form the main part of Wuthering Heights. As a young girl, she works as a servant at Wuthering Heights for the owner of the manor, Mr. At first, the Earnshaw children—a boy named Hindley and his younger sister Catherine—detest the dark-skinned Heathcliff.Young Catherine grows up at the Grange with no knowledge of Wuthering Heights; one day, however, wandering through the moors, she discovers the manor, meets Hareton, and plays together with him.Soon afterwards, Isabella dies, and Linton comes to live with Heathcliff.The story of Wuthering Heights is told through flashbacks recorded in diary entries, and events are often presented out of chronological order—Lockwood’s narrative takes place after Nelly’s narrative, for instance, but is interspersed with Nelly’s story in his journal.Nevertheless, the novel contains enough clues to enable an approximate reconstruction of its chronology, which was elaborately designed by Emily Brontë.He returns with a wife, Frances, and immediately seeks revenge on Heathcliff.Once an orphan, later a pampered and favored son, Heathcliff now finds himself treated as a common laborer, forced to work in the fields.When Heathcliff returns, he immediately sets about seeking revenge on all who have wronged him.Having come into a vast and mysterious wealth, he deviously lends money to the drunken Hindley, knowing that Hindley will increase his debts and fall into deeper despondency. He also places himself in line to inherit Thrushcross Grange by marrying Isabella Linton, whom he treats very cruelly.Catherine is bitten by a dog and is forced to stay at the Grange to recuperate for five weeks, during which time Mrs. By the time Catherine returns, she has become infatuated with Edgar, and her relationship with Heathcliff grows more complicated.When Frances dies after giving birth to a baby boy named Hareton, Hindley descends into the depths of alcoholism, and behaves even more cruelly and abusively toward Heathcliff.