Wuthering Heights Chapter 14 Summary

Instructor: Bryan Cowing

Bryan is a freelance writer who specializes in literature. He has worked as an English instructor, editor and writer for the past 10 years.

Trying to read ''Wuthering Heights'' can take you to the height of madness. The language is tough to get through and there is lots of drama about love. In this lesson, we will break down the important events in Chapter 14.

He Said She Said

Chapter 14 of Wuthering Heights reads a bit like a middle school break up. People don't want to talk to each other and keep asking others to relay messages for them. Isabella contacts her brother Edgar and tells him that she hopes he will forgive her. Edgar responds by saying that if she really wants his forgiveness, she should ''persuade the villain she has married to leave the country.''

Mrs. Dean heads over to Isabella's place to see how she is doing. When she gets there, she sees Isabella looking out the window as though she is waiting for Mrs. Dean. Isabella ducks out of the way when she sees Mrs. Dean, ''afraid of being observed.'' The house is messy, and Nelly is surprised by the neglect of the household. Isabella herself isn't looking so hot, either. On the other hand, Heathcliff looks really nice. Nelly observes that ''he would certainly have struck a stranger as a born and bred gentleman.''

Isabella holds her hand out when she sees Mrs. Dean, expecting a letter from Edgar. She does not have a letter, and she explains that Edgar is mad and does not want to communicate with her ever again. Isabella sits down by the window again, and Heathcliff gets the scoop on Catherine's sickness from Mrs. Dean. The two argue back and forth for a while about whether or not Heathcliff should come see Catherine. Mrs. Dean insists that he should not, but he vows nothing will stop him. In fact, Heathcliff goes so far as to say ''existence, after losing her, would be hell.''

Heathcliff the Jerk

The argument continues, and Mrs. Dean tries everything in the book to get Heathcliff to simmer down. Down, however, is not the direction in which he simmers. He ends up insulting his own wife, saying ''She degenerates into a mere slut.'' Classy fellow. He then explains how he hanged Isabella's dog almost to death. Now, the reader can officially despise Heathcliff. Heathcliff continues to spiral into madness, and says, ''I never, in all my life, met with such an abject thing as she is. She even disgraces the name of Linton'' Everyone in the room knows that he is lying because he has always loved Catherine.

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