Wuthering Heights by: Emily Brontë for my second book post because it has been on my to read shelf for way too long and on my actual bookshelf for even longer.
At one-fourth through the book I find that the story has mystified me and so far is a truly wonderful piece of fiction. Although at times the storyline can be confusing, the majority is like a story that you have heard before but no matter how hard you try you cannot remember what will happen next.
Half way through, so far the story itself is that of two families that have been brought together and at the same time torn apart by love. The two main characters Catherine and Heathcliff grow up together as childhood playmates who alone know the innermost workings of the other’s mind, however the princess is never allowed to love a stable boy the thought alone is beneath her station. It is because of this that Catherine leaves to marry the only suitable option to her, Mr. Linton, though she hardly loves him, and poor Heathcliff makes his heart cold and wishes only revenge on the entire situation. Now because they still share a selfish love of one another they continue on a path of destruction tearing their families apart, Heathcliff marries Catherine’s sister in-law purely to punish Mr. Linton for having dared love Catherine and because he took her away from Heathcliff, he must now suffer the loss of his foolish younger sister. Both Catherine and Heathcliff marry for selfish reasons devoid of love; Catherine marries to keep her station and Heathcliff marries to cause pain and suffering by breaking a soul that dared to love him. It is basically a story of two families interacting with each other throughout time whether hurting or loving each other.
This is turning out to be the never-ending book, I do enjoy it but thinking that I could read it in one week is just downright laughable. It is definitely a two-week book, primarily because you have to really pay attention when you are reading it otherwise you can become really lost and confused(which is the main reason that I could not finish it as quickly as I’d hoped).
” I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.” – Catherine Earnshaw
” …so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he’s handsome, Nelly, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same…” – Catherine Earnshaw
” If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.” – Catherine Earnshaw
” And there you see the distinction between our feelings: had he been in my place, and i in his, though I hated him with a hatred that turned my life to gall, I never would have raised a hand against him. You may look incredulous, if you please! I never would have banished him from her society as long as she desired his. The moment her regard ceased, I would have torn his heart out, and drunk his blood! But till then – if you don’t believe me you don’t know me – till then, I would have died by inches before I touched a single hair of his head!” – Heathcliff
” I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!” – Heathcliff
“… treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.” – Isabella Heathcliff