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Wuthering Heights is Emily Bronte’s only book and is considered a classic in English Literature. Central to the story is the love of Heathcliff and Cathy, and the destructive effect of jealousy and vengefulness on people and their families and communities.
Heathcliff was my favorite character in the book and when I first read the book I thought he was a typical romance novel hero. Like them, he appeared dangerous, brooding and cold, but he would emerge devoted and loving and with a heart of gold. Needless to say I was disappointed. I thought Heathcliff was different from what was being projected about him – that his cruelty is merely an expression of his frustrated love for Catherine, or that his sinister behaviors serve to conceal the heart of a romantic hero. Yet, Heathcliff never becomes the reformed rake. He takes his revenge on the characters and as he admits himself, his abuse of Isabella was purely sadistic – he wanted to see how much abuse she could take and still come back for more.
I think I was like Isabella too – I loved Heathcliff inspire of everything he ever did!
Here are some of my favorite romantic quotes from Wuthering Heights…
“He (Heathcliff) shall never know I love him: and that, not because he’s handsome, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made out of, his and mine are the same.”
“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.”
“Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!”
“I pray every night that I may live after him; because I would rather be miserable than that he should be — that proves I love him better than myself.”
“If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn’t love as much in eighty years as I could in a day.”
“I have not broken your heart – you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.”
“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
“I gave him my heart, and he took and pinched it to death; and flung it back to me. People feel with their hearts, Ellen, and since he has destroyed mine, I have not power to feel for him.”
“You know that I could as soon forget you as my existence!”