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I finished reading Wuthering Heights in the very early morning, finding it difficult to sleep through my dog Gallifrey’s incessant whining for an early (pre-dawn) breakfast.

I have the images of Bronte’s rural setting stuck in my thoughts, not Heathcliff’s madness or either of the two Cathys’s young spiritedness or young Earnshaw’s rehabilitation, but just the land.  Ellen Dean the housekeeper tells the story. The striking story of excessive passion is ordinary too.  Rural people that no one has ever heard of, people like oneself or one’s relations, experience strange and powerful emotions.

A weird but true picture of life is very different from the modern twaddle that one finds when perusing the internet.

Not that anyone wastes time reading this conversational bit of internet twaddle. I’m just saying, neighbor, that I was reading great and lively literature before dawn because the dog wouldn’t let me sleep.

 

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6 thoughts on “hungry dog

  1. One of my all time favourite books, I never thought Healthcliffe mad – but full of passion (anger and love) that made him appear a little unhinged 😉 – I’m sure I would have fallen in love with him if I had been Cathy.

  2. I couldn’t fall for Heathcliff myself — or maybe could at the very beginning — that very young Heathcliff that Cathy knows before Hindley takes charge and turns Heathcliff out and turns Heathcliff toward bitterness, etc. Heathcliff is too angry.

    But I could definitely fall for Ralph Fiennes, though I am shocked to learned that he was briefly married to and then left beautiful Alex Kingston, who as Riversong was my favorite Dr Who character!

  3. Just realized that my comment above makes no sense! because I was referencing (out of the blue, as it were) the 1992 movie with Fiennes and Juliette Binoche in which Fiennes depicts Heathcliff — with finesse — even. So the literary Heathcliff and the movie version are different characters, and I prefer the latter to the former. Though the actor did treat Riversong rather shabbily ….

  4. camelbroken, thank you for the link! I hope other visitors to this blog will read your commentary on the book. I agree that Linton is a marvelous character — a very interest foil to Heathcliff, and a devoted lover to Cathy. Lots of things are going on in the story simultaneously. In my next post I analyzed Bronte’s narrative structure a little. My analysis may seem a bit dry, but I think the logic of how she puts the story together is really powerful — and I suspect it contributes mightily to the emotional power. https://alethakuschan.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/wuthering-with-emily/

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