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Finally, that the storm is both hellish and female is made clearest of all by Lockwood’s second visionary dream. ” *** Why is Wuthering Heights so Miltonically hellish? And what happened to Catherine Earnshaw? Why has she become a demonic, storm-driven ghost? The “real” etiological story of Wuthering Heights begins, as Lockwood learns from his “human fixture” Nelly Dean, with a random weakening of the fabric of ordinary human society. ” And one fine summer morning toward the end of the eighteenth century, the “old master” of the house decides to take a walking tour of sixty miles to Liverpool (chap.

2 And of course, besides having obscure literary parents Emily Brontë had literary siblings, though they too were in most of her own lifetime almost as unknown as their parents. Is it coincidental that the author of Wuthering Heights was the sister of the authors of Jane Eyre and Agnes Grey? Did the parents, especially the father, bequeath a frustrated drive toward literary success to their children? These are interesting though unanswerable questions, but they imply a point that is crucial in any consideration of the Brontës, just as it was important in thinking about Mary Shelley: it was the habit in the Brontë family, as in the Wollstonecraft-Godwin-Shelley family, to approach reality through the mediating agency of books, to read one’s relatives, and to feel related to one’s reading.

Where Armies whole have sunk” and where “by harpy-footed” and no doubt rather Heathcliff-ish “Furies hal’d / ... all the damn’d / Are brought ... to starve in Ice” (PL 2. 592–600). But of course, as King Lear implies, hell is simply another word for uncontrolled “nature,” and here as elsewhere Wuthering Heights follows Lear’s model. ” And again, as in Lear this hellish nature is somehow female or associated with femaleness, like an angry goddess shaking locks of ice and introducing Lockwood (and his readers) to the female rage that will be a central theme in Wuthering Heights.

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