6 T II E PEN BOOK REVIEW-WUTHERING HEIGHTS By Emily Bronte Without fear of contradiction, I acclaim Wuthering Heights as one of the most unusual narratives ever related, and feel that I am not a- lone in my opinion. It is novel be cause it tells a, logical, hut hifjhly improbable story of human life. The way in wliich Miss Bronte brings us reflections of her specu la,tion.s into the human soul is com mendable radeed. Her unsurpassed iuethod of revealing human char acter represents a vast knowledge of human psychology. Last but not least, one can scarcely overlook I\liss I>route!’s coherent narrative ability. Concerning the purpose of the author in writing such an epistle, T suggest Miss Bronte intended to show the supreme strength and in.- extricability of the ties of love. She tells of such discouraging obstacles as moral ditf(>rences and marriage, that stand between a man and a woman; how between distfuices and y«irs tlie unextinguishable flame of this infinite love is kept burn ing. Through hate and tribulation it glows as luminously as the sun. Until finally, grief tend them both to rest. The story is related by Zillah, a maid who had been employed in the P]arnshaw household for years, to her present employes. The latter, Mr. Ijockwood by name, has just returned from the Tleathcliff household, because of his ill recep tion, and the vague undei’current of mysterious doings, his curiosity was incited. Conseiuentally, upon his request, Zillah proceeded to tell him what she knew of the strange inhabitants of Ea.rnshaw (rrange. Zillah told of the way the late Tleathcliff was brought info- the Earnshaw household a poor, wretched, gypsy beggar. lie was first feared, dispised, and hated by the Earnshaw children, Cath erine and Ilendley. Overpowering a molicious hate between the two male children, there grows a warm and tender affection between lleathcliff and Cathy, who as play mates were frequent ob.jects of the drunken domination of the older brother. lleathcliff was neglected after the father’s death, and Cathey acquired refinement and culture to contrast his crude, sul len characteristics. xVs Cathey assumed the elegant attitude of a lady. lleathcliff found liimself and his shrudeness the constant object of her reproach. Believing her to be in love with a gentleman, and himself unable to equal her ethical standards, Ileatli- cliff left home. Years later he returned a polish ed gentleman, only to find Cathey married. Despite their both being aware of the still existing love be tween them, lleathcliff married for revenge. The shock was too much for the fragile Cathey, and she grieved hei-self to sickness, then death. Knowing he was re sponsible, Heathcliff resorted to the sullen, sulky attitude of his young er days. Living in death with Cath ey, he eveiituallj* ends his own life by exposing himself to a storm. “Cathey came after him,” Zillah tells I\Ir. Lockwood. “People see

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