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| The journal of Whuthering Heights (Chap 1-9)
Lockwood, a new tenant of Heathcliff, escaped from his original society. Although he said that he did not believe that he could have fixed on the stir of society. I did believe. He seemed to be full of passion and curiosity that he wanted to know more about the sullen landlord. Also he had a social nature that he dared to visit his landlord. He was very conscious of what happened in Wuthering Heights. As for me, he seemed be fond of flattering Heathcliff exceedingly so that he made some mistakes in judgement. How a heap of dead rabbits could be like cats? He also took the amiable lady as Mr. Heathcliff's wife. Lockwood is very interested in Heathcliff. Not only their relation but also Heathcliff's habitual moroseness caught his attention. There seemed be some secrets hid behind Wuthering Heights. Unpleasant atmosphere made people suspicious. Lockwood had once mentioned that some spectacle drove him to pay the second visit. He might take the second as a venture to investigate deeply about the strange family. Owing to his curiosity, it was astonishing how sociable he felt himself compared wit Heathcliff.
Why did I say that the second visit is a venture? He was brave enough to call on the cool landlord again. At that time, he met the ghost of Catherine. At first, he thought that the yell was an ideal, however, it repeated again and again. He tried to keep calm and endeavored to unhasp the casement. Someone asked him to let her in. He tried to make sure who she was. As it spoke, he discerned a child's face looking through the window. He was shocked and terror made him cruel. Finally, he made up his mind to forbid her to come in by piling the books up. I think he is much braver than I. I might scare to lose my words.
In the house of Wuthering Heights, there were many dogs in there. (In an arch the dresser, reposed a huge, liver-coloured bitch pointer, surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies, and other dogs haunted other recesses.) In lockwood's opinion, the dog (the bitch pointer) is a fascinating creature, a real goddess in his eyes. He was completely in love with her. I thought that he was too lonely and couldn't help making companion with the dog. She also took him as an acquaintance by moving the extreme tip of her tail. He praised her as a beautiful animal. I don't know if she was the same dog as one of the two hairy monsters flew at his throat.
When Heathcliff was young, he was a poor worm, a vagabond, but he was a sullen, patient child. He would stand Hindley's hits without dropping a tear. He never repaid his indulgence by any sign of gratitude. Owing to the lack of education, he was rude. However when he grew up, he was like a gentleman in dress and manner. He has an erect and handsome figure-are rather unhappy-possibly some people might suspect him of a danger of under-bred pride. Heathcliff had the strong emotion to love and hate for some reason.
From Catherine's diary, Hindley disliked Heathcliff, he was cruel to the vagabond. Hindly did not think that Heathcliff was the same status as his. So he despised him. Owing to Hindly's conduct, his father was furious that from then on he believed what Heathcliff said. In other words, Earnshow became more partial Heathcliff.
I think the author use a good conceit for us to understand the unhappy atmosphere in Wuthering Heights. It is the very stormy weather that promoted my understanding. Wuthering is descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather. When the dismal spiritual atmosphere was filled with the whole surroundings. Lockwood saw a sorrowful sight. Dark night came dome and sky and hills mingled in one bitter whirl of wind and suffocating snow. The place where Wuthering Heights was in, and the weather, which Lockwood met, was the main background of the novel.
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