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Wuthering Heights Chapter 3 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.

If you are reading 'Wuthering Heights,' you might find the language or the story difficult to follow. Don't worry; in this lesson, we will take a look at the important events from Chapter 3.

The Room

The beginning of Chapter 3 finds Lockwood being lead to his room, where no one is lodged normally, for the night. When he opens the door, there is very little furniture in the room, but the bed has sliding shelves. When Lockwood opens them, he finds some books on a ledge. The ledge itself is full of the name Catherine, combined with different last names. This is most likely a girl trying on the last names of possible suitors. Her possibilities are ''Catherine Earnshaw, Catherine Heathcliff and Catherine Linton.''

The Tyrant

Lockwood opens some of the books and sees that the margins and any blank spaces have writing in them. He ends up reading an entry about how Catherine and Heathcliff are forced to listen to a three-hour sermon. When Catherine and Heathcliff let their attention wander, a man named Hindley tells his wife to pull Heathcliff's hair. Catherine calls Hindley ''the tyrant.''

In a different entry, Catherine talks about how sad she is that Hindley is so cruel toward Heathcliff. In her writing, Catherine exclaims, ''How little did I dream that Hindley would ever make me cry so!'' Hindley has forbidden Catherine and Heathcliff to play together, and says he will kick Heathcliff out if he catches them together.

Lockwood's First Nightmare

Back in Lockwood's timeline, he is starting to feel sleepy, and begins to nod off. He dreams that it is morning and he is traveling to a church with Joseph, who insults him for not carrying a ''pilgrim's staff.'' He dreams that when he attends the church, the sermon has 490 parts, each one covering a different sin. Lockwood gets tired of the sermon and insults the preacher. The congregation attacks him, and then they turn on each other.

Lockwood wakes up to the sound of a branch tapping on his window. Lockwood then falls back to sleep and has yet another nightmare.

Lockwood's Second Nightmare

Back in his dreamworld, Lockwood decides to move the branch out of the way. When he goes to the window, he sees that it is welded shut. He breaks the window and reaches out toward the branch, but instead of the tree, he finds a ''little ice-cold hand.'' This hand clings to him and says that she is Catherine Linton. When he can't shake her hand off, he pulls her wrist onto ''the broken pane and rubbed it to and fro till the blood ran down and soaked the bedclothes.'' Lockwood screams his head off, and Heathcliff comes rushing in.

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