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Wuthering Heights Chapter 13 Summary

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In chapter thirteen of ''Wuthering Heights'' by Emily Bronte, Isabella begins to realize that running away and marrying Heathcliff was a big mistake. In this lesson, we will find out what else happens in chapter 13.

Isabella Marries Heathcliff

At this point in the story, Nelly, the servant, is trying to explain the history of Wuthering Heights to Lockwood, the man who is renting the house down the street. As an orphaned child, Heathcliff was brought to live at Wuthering Heights by Hindley and Catherine's father. Hindley hated Heathcliff, but Catherine loved him. After their father dies, Hindley takes over the home and treats Heathcliff like a hired hand. Hindley prohibits Heathcliff from spending time with Catherine. As she grows older, Catherine knows that Heathcliff is the right man for her, but instead she marries Edgar Linton and moves to Thrushcross Grange. Heathcliff makes a play for Edgar's sister, Isabella, out of revenge. When Edgar discovers Heathcliff's plan, he asks Heathcliff to leave. Catherine goes insane and Isabella runs off and marries Heathcliff. In chapter 13, we find out if Isabella made the right decision. Let's find out what happens in chapter 13 of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Catherine Begins to Recover

Will Catherine regain her mental faculties? Over the next couple of months, Catherine recovers from the worst of her illness as her devoted husband, Edgar, attends to her. Dr. Kenneth warns him about sacrificing himself for Catherine, but Edgar is full of hope that someday, Catherine will return to her old self. Thinking a change of scenery will do her good, Edgar brings her down to the parlor. At the end of the day, she refuses to return to her room, instead making her bed on the parlor couch. Catherine discovers she has become pregnant.

Isabella Begins to Have Regrets

Will Edgar forgive Isabella for running away with Heathcliff? Six weeks after her marriage, Isabella writes a letter to Edgar asking his forgiveness and acceptance. Edgar does not reply. She also writes a letter to Nelly asking her to intervene on Isabella's behalf with Edgar. Isabella has felt incredibly homesick from the moment she left the Grange. Isabella also seeks Nelly's advice about how to cope at Wuthering Heights. 'Is Mr. Heathcliff a man? If so, is he mad? And if not, is he a devil?' writes Isabella.

Isabella Is Treated Poorly at Wuthering Heights

Will Isabella be able to live with her decision? In a letter to Ellen, Isabella explains the cold reception that she received at Wuthering Heights from Joseph, Hareton, and Hindley. Hareton, Hindley's son, purposely frightens her with the dog and Hindley warns her that he has a gun and '… cannot resist going up with this every night, and trying his door.' Hindley urges Isabella to keep their chamber door locked at night to keep him from getting in.

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