Notable Quotables: Wuthering Heights

In Language Arts, we had to choose a classic book to read, and then do an activity. I chose the book Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte. The activity I chose was called Notable Quotables. I had to choose five quotes from my book and write an explanation of them.

“I’ve no more business to marry Edgar Linton than I have to be in heaven; and if the wicked man in there had not brought Heathcliff so low, I shouldn’t have thought of it. It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; 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; and Linton’s is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.”

This quote was said by Catherine Linton. This was an important part of the story because it is when Catherine first admitted she loved Heathcliff, and when Heathcliff left. Heathcliff left because he only heard Catherine say that it would degrade her to marry him, and he was really upset. He was gone for three years.

“She burned too bright for this world.”

This quote was used to describe Catherine Linton before she was married. It’s a foreshadowing of Catherine’s early death, and it says how she was too good for this world where everybody judged her. 

“I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free.”

This quote was said by Catherine Linton. When she said this, she was saying how girls have freedom and are able to do as they wish, but women have to sit quietly all day and listen to their husbands. She is also saying how she wishes she were younger so she could run around all day.

“And I pray one prayer—I repeat it till my tongue stiffens—Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you—haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. 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 cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”

This quote was said by Heathcliff. Heathcliff had always loved Catherine, and said this quote when she was dying. It is important to the story because he says that he loves her so much, he wants her to haunt him. He wants her to haunt him so he won’t lose her and he will still be able to be with her.

“Honest people don’t hide their deeds.”

This quote was said by Nelly, the housekeeper, to Isabella, Heathcliff’s wife. Isabella loves Heathcliff, but she doesn’t see the violent, scorning, brooding side of him. Nelly is trying to convince Isabella that Heathcliff isn’t honest, so she says that quote. Heathcliff had disappeared for three years earlier in the book and never told anyone what he did during that time, so those are part of the deeds that Nelly is talking about. The other deed that Nelly is talking about is the fact that Heathcliff’s intentions are unclear, and he is often dishonest.

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One Response to “Notable Quotables: Wuthering Heights”

  1. November 22nd, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    avatar Andrea Mail says:

    I enjoyed reading the quotes you selected, dear Sabrina. They were powerful ones,

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