Write the first paragraph of your page here. Chapters 1-4 Nelly Dean was introduced to the reader in chapter 4, and throughout this chapter, she has a conversation with Lockwood. Nelly grew up with Hindley and Catherine Earnshaw. She is now a kind housekeeper, whom does anything that her master wants. She has seen almost everything, including the time when Mr. Earnshaw brought a baby home with him from a business trip, and they named him Heathcliff. She is a narrator throughout the story, and has a lot of wisdom about the family and the houses because she grew up with them her entire life. The first quote is when she was asked how long she has lived at the house, and she responds, "Eighteen, sir: I came when the mistress was married, to wait on her; after she died, the master retained me for his housekeeper" (35). I think this is important, because it shows her wisdom for the past of both houses, and the family, and it shows that she is well like by all.The second quote is when she is explaining the life of her and Heathcliff's childhood, "I was almost always at Wuthering Heights; because my mother had nursed Mr. Hindley Earnshaw, that was Hareton's father, and I got used to playing with the children: I ran errands too, and helped to make hay, and hung about the farm ready for anything that anybody would set me to" (38). I think that this is important because it shows how she pretty much grew up in the house, and knows everyone. It also shows how she is a hard worker and everyone likes her.I think that judging by their conversation, Lockwood will end up coming back for more information from Nelly Dean about Wuthering Heights, and its past. Chapters 1-4
The readers are introduced to Nelly Dean in chapter four while talking to Lockwood. Lockwood is lonely after his experience at Wuthering Heights and asks his servant, Nelly Dean, to tell him the history of the people who live at Withering Heights. Nelly attempts to clarify all the relationships at Wuthering Heights. Trying to explain all the relationships, Nelly says, “Why, sir, she is my late master’s daughter...No; he is the late Mrs. Linton’s nephews" (36-37). Nelly then goes on to explain her early years at Wuthering Heights. She discusses Mr. Earnshaw's trip to Liverpool and when he came back, he brought “a dirty, ragged, black-haired child; big enough both to walk and talk” (39). Nelly then tells Lockwood how Hindley and Catherine felt about their new brother. Catherine quickly learned to love him but Hindley treats Heathcliff, the orphan brought home by Mr. Earnshaw, horribly. Nelly then shares that Mrs. Earnshaw does not trust Heathcliff while Mr. Earnshaw loves him more than his own son. Mr. Earnshaw later dies and Hindley is the only one who dislikes Heathcliff, leaving him feeling alone. The readers learn that Nelly Dean is first resentful to share any information with Lockwood until he asks about her previous home and the people in it. Nelly opens up to Lockwood about the family relations at Wuthering Heights and about her past there. These characteristics already shown by Nelly Dean in her one conversation with Lockwood show that Lockwood will probably come back to Nelly wanting more information about Wuthering Heights and she will give him that information. Her vivid memories about living at Wuthering Heights also foreshadow that she might rekindle some relationships with people at Wuthering Heights.
In chapter six, Heathcliff and Catherine disappear to Thrushcross Grange. Hindley orders for the doors to be locked so that Healthcliff and Catherine cannot get back in. Nelly Dean loves Healthcliff because of the way that Hindley treats him. So after everyone goes to bed, she stays up and waits for Heathcliff and Catherine to come back, "and I, too, anxious to lie down, opened my lattice and put my head out to hearken, though it rained: determined to admit them in spite of the prohibition, should they return" (49). This shows Nelly's love for Heathcliff becuause even though they are not supposed to be let back in the house, she waits for them to come back in order to let them inside. In chapter seven, we see Nelly's love towards Heathcliff again when Catherine returns from Thrushcross Grange as a new lady. Catherine tells Heathcliff that he looks cross and dirty and laughs at him. Nelly helps him wash up and comb his hair in order to impress Catherine and change her mind about Heathcliff. Their plan fails when Hindley ses Healthcliff looking better and "shoved him back with a sudden thrust, and angrily bade Joseph 'keep the fellow out of the room -- send him into the garnet till dinner is over" (60). Hindley bans Heathcliff to the attic for the rest of the night even after Nelly stands up for Heathcliff and beggs Hindley to not lock him in the attic. In chapter eight, Catherine confides in Nelly showing that Nelly is a trustworthy person even to those who do not like her. Nelly questions Catherine about if she really loves Edgar after accepting his proposal to marriage. By asking Catherine these questions she realizes that she loves Heathcliff and Heathcliff overhears their conversation and runs away. Nelly brought out certain emotions in Catherine that she did not want to believe, showing that Nelly is smart and persuasive. Because Catherine confides in Nelly, and because she does not like Catherine, it tells the characters that she may not always be a reliable narrator due to her strong feelings towards people.
In chapter six, when Heathcliff shows back up from the Thrushcross Grange, he had been locked outside by Hindley, and so Nelly showed her love for him by staying up so she could let him and Catherine back in. The only problem was that only Heathcliff showed up. For example, Nelly narrates, "The household went to bed; and I, too, anxious to lie down, opened my lattice and put my head out to hearken, though it rained: determined to admit them in spite of the prohibition, should they return" (49). This shows her love and compassion for them, no matter what Hindley says to them, she still takes up for them especially Heathcliff. Edgar is the other character that I am analyzing and we learn a little bit about him in these chapters. He lives in the Thrushcross Grange, and is very proper and has good manners, and is in love with Catherine. Nelly also shows her love for Heathcliff, when Catherine finally came back home because she comments, "Why, how very black and cross you look! and how-how funny and grim! But that's because I'm used to Edgar and Isabella LInton" (55). After she said this, Nelly comforted Heathcliff because Heathcliff and Catherine had a good relationship. So Nelly took Heathcliff and helped him get cleaned up because he wanted to impress Catherine like Edgar did. This quote also shows how Edgar is the complete opposite of Heathciff. He is like I said earlier, he is clean and has great manners. Nelly, is someone whom everyone trust to talk to, and trust to handle situations. For example, a girl comes running up to Nelly, "You must come home directly. You're to nurse it, Nelly: to feed it with sugar and milk, and take care of it day and night. I wish I were you, because it will be all yours when there is no missis!" (66). This shows that they would only let Nelly take care of it, noone else because she is the one that they all trust the most. Also this quote shows how this little girl really looks up to Nelly. This shows how Nelly is well liked by all.
In chapters 9-12, many things happen between Edgar and Nelly, including their relationships with different people. For example, in chapter 9, she wants the best for Hareton so she decides to go and hide Hareton so that Hindley cannot find him. In this quote, it is Nelly expressing how she wants the best for Hareton, "You shall not meddle with him! I continued. 'He hates you-they all hate you- that's the truth! (79). This is just showing how she wants the best for Hareton. Later that night, Catherine comes to Nelly and is telling her that Edgar had proposed to her and she had said yes because she did not want to say no. Little did they know that Heathcliff was standing their listening and he overheard Catherine say something bad about him so he ran off. It shows how even though Nelly and Catherine have had their differences, Catherine still came to Nelly for advice, and was one of the first people she told about the proposal. For example, before she spoke to Nelly about it, she said "Are you alone Nelly? (80). This shows how she made sure that it was just her and Nelly so noone else would know about it. Nelly was the person she wanted to go to first. In chapter 10, Nelly is sitting outside, when Heathcliff shows up after being gone for three years, and Nelly states "What! I cried, uncertain whether to regard him as a worldly visitor, and I raised my hands in amazement, What ! you come back? Is it really you? Is it?" (99). This quote really shows how much Nelly missed Heathcliff and her love for him. One can tell she always worried that they would never see him again. On the other hand, Edgar has never liked Heathcliff because he draws attention from him by Catherine. Edgar states, "Well, well, cried her husband, crossly, don't strangle me for that! He never struck me as such a marvellous treasure. There is no need to be frantic!" (101) Also, the narrator comments, "Not so Mr. Edgar: he grew pale with pure annoyance: a feeling that reached its climax when his lady rose, and stepping across the rug, seized Heathcliff's hands again, and laughed like one beside herself" (102).This shows his dislike towards Heathcliff and it shows how he feels jealous of Heathcliff because Catherine loves Heathcliff so much. In chapter 11, Nelly shows her memories of her and Hindley 20 years ago, "and I cannot say why, but all at once a gush of child's sensations flowed into my heart. Hindley and I held it a favourite spot twenty years before" (116). This shows how she misses when they all got along and used to hangout out together. They all were one big family. Also in chapter 11, Catherine locks Heathcliff and Edgar in a room together so that Edgar would confront him, so Edgar punches Heathcliff right in the face and then runs. This shows his fear of Heathcliff and how he has always wanted to do something to him but has never had the guts to until now. In chapter 12, Catherine locks herself in her room and refuses to eat, but Nelly goes and comforts her every once in awhile, that shows how she loves Catherine and cares dearly for her. Also Edgar hates Heathcliff so much, that he tells Isabella that if she goes after Heathcliff, then he will kick her out of the family.
In chapter 9 Nelly's love for Hareton is shown when she hides Hareton from his drunken father. “for in one he ran a chance of being squeezed and kissed to death, and in the other of being flung into the fire, or dashed against the wall; and the poor thing remained perfectly quiet wherever I chose to put him.” (77) This just shows how she wants the best for him. By knowing that he will stay quiet wherever she puts him shows that he has to be hidden a lot in order to stay safe from his dad. Later that night Catherine confides in Nelly about Edgar proposing to her. While talking about Edgar's proposal, Healthcliff was listening in on their conversation and heard Nelly say that she is going to marry Edgar. Because Catherine confides in Nelly, it shows that even though they have their differences, they can still come to each other for advice. In chapter 11 Nelly locks Heathcliff and Edgar in a room together so they can confront each other about their differences. “If you have not courage to attack him, make an apology, or allow yourself to be beaten.” (123). Nelly wants them to confront each other and apologize so they can be on better terms for Catherine's sake. In chapter 12 Catherine locks herself in her room and Nelly shows her love for her by attempting to get her out of her room.
In chapter 13 Edgar becomes concerned about Catherine's health and is described as “No mother could have nursed an only child more devotedly than Edgar tended her. Day and night he was watching" (144). This shows the readers that Edgar truly loves Catherine and cares about her well being. Also in chapter 12 the readers learn that many people confide in Nelly. Isabella tries to write to Edgar to get his forgiveness but he never writes her back. Isabella, then decides to write to Nelly to confide in her about everything that has happened to her upon her return to Wuthering Heights. In chapter 13, Nelly grants Isabella's wish and visits her bringing the message from Edgar to try to convince Heathcliff to leave the country. The readers know that Edgar loves Catherine and hates Heathcliff but not enough to want him to leave the country. In chapter 15, Catherine passes out after a heated conversation with Heathcliff about their love for each other. When Edgar returns home he sees Heathcliff and wants to hurt him but not until he makes sure that Catherine is okay. While tending to Catherine, Heathcliff leaves so he will not get in a fight with Edgar. “help her first—then you shall speak to me!” (175).
In chapter 13, Edgar finds out that Catherine is really sick and is on the verge of death. Edgar now is dedicating his life to doing whatever Catherine wants, and it states, "No mother could have nursed an only child more devotedly than Edgar tended her. Day and night he was watching... in fact, that his health and strength were being sacrificed to preserve a mere ruin of humanity" (144). This shows his love towards Catherine, and how all that he wants is what is best for Catherine. He is going to be with her until the end. In chapter 14, it just shows how hard of a worker Nelly is, and how she wants best for others. For example, when she was dealing with Isabella's letter, she wanted to please Nelly so she went to see her, but she also wanted to please Edgar. Also in this chapter, Edgars hate towards Heathcliff is shown again when he comments, "My communication with Heathcliff's family shall be as sparing as his with mine. It shall not exist!" (157). This just shows the hatred between the two people. Then agian in chapter 15, we see Edgars hatred towards Heathcliff, but also his love for Catherine, when Heathcliff shows up to their house, and Edgar walks in on him with Catherine passed out, and he helps Catherine out before he gets mad at Heathcliff. In chapter 16, the narrator states, "Linton spent his days and nights there, a sleepless guardian; and-a circumstance concealed from all but me" (181). This shows he wanted to spend every last minute with Catherine, and she was his prize possession, because he would not let anyone near her besides Nelly. He loved her until the very end.
In chapter 17, things between Heathcliff and Hindley start to get really bad, and it is getting to the point where Hindley is trying to shoot Heathcliff, so Isabella goes to Thrushcross Grange when she knows Edgar is asleep so she can talk to Nelly. Isabella states, "Excuse me! answered a familiar voice; but I know Edgar is in bed, and I cannot stop myself" (183). This shows how she really trust Nelly to tell her everything that has happened. It also shows how she does not want to dissappoint Edgar by coming in the house when he had told her that he did not want to see her again. In chapter 18, Edgar shows us again how much he hates Wuthering Heights and Heathcliff, because he would not let young Catherine go away from Thrushcross Grange because he was worried that she would end up there and meet Hareton. Young Catherine wants to go to Penistone Crags, but "The road thither wound close by Wuthering Heights. Edgar had not the heart to pass it; so she received as constantly the answer, Not yet, love: not yet" (205). This shows how much Edgar hates Heathcliff and the rest at Wuthering Heights; he will not even let young Catherine walk past their. Nelly is the narrator through all of these chapters, and shows how close her relationship with people from both houses.
In these chapters, Nelly takes care of Catherine while Edgar is away picking up Linton. Nelly explains to Lockwood how she got mad at Catherine for breaking her fathers rules about not leaving their property. Catherine escapes Thrushcross Grange and Nelly finds her at Wuthering Heights and becomes very angry. Nelly ends up explaining to Catherine that Hareton and Linton are bother Catherine's cousins. when Linton arrives, Nelly is told to take Linton to Wuthering Heights, where his father lives. Nelly then explains Heathcliff's rudeness and bad behavior towards Linton, his son. Not much happens to Nelly in these chapters. Her personality as a story teller remains the same.
“Put that hat on, and home at once,’ said I. ‘I’m dreadfully grieved at you, Miss Cathy: you’ve done extremely wrong! It’s no use pouting and crying: that won’t repay the trouble I’ve had, scouring the country after you. To think how Mr. Linton charged me to keep you in; and you stealing off so! It shows you are a cunning little fox, and nobody will put faith in you any more.” (208)
“Edgar, in his anxiety for her, forgot her hated friend. I did not. I went, at the earliest opportunity, and besought him to depart; affirming that Catherine was better, and he should hear from me in the morning how she passed the night.” (175)
In chapters 21-24 Nelly plays a big and important role in Catherine and Linton's relationship. She finds out about their secret exchanging of letters and makes then stop and destroys the letters so that Edgar will not find out. Nelly spends most of her time with Catherine because she feels like she has to make up for the time that Catherine cannot spend with her father because of his illness. Even though Edgar is sick, he plays a role in Catherine's corruption. Catherine learns that her father and Heathcliff do not get along well. Nelly continues to tell the story to Lockwood and Edgar continues to be a source of conflict towards Catherine but also a source of comfort.
“She sprang forward, and bursting into tears, threw her arms round my neck.
‘Well, Ellen, I’m so afraid of you being angry,’ she said. ‘Promise not to be angry, and you shall know the very truth: I hate to hide it.”
“Naughty Ellen!’ exclaimed Catherine, flying to attack me next with her lavish caresses. ‘Wicked Ellen! to try to hinder me from entering”
In chapters 21-24, Nelly finds out about the secret letters that have been sent between Catherine and Linton. Nelly ends up destroying all of the letters because she is worried that Edgar would find them. At this point in the book, Edgar is starting to get really sick, so Nelly shows her love for Catherine by trying to spend more time with her. Nelly has a kind heart and loves everyone, and everyone loves Nelly back. For example, Catherine says, "Well, Ellen, I'm so afraid of you being angry, she said. Promis not to be angry, and you shall know the very truth; I hate to hide it" (267). This shows how Catherine wants nothing but to please Nelly whom she loves, and she wants to tell her something important because she trust her. Nelly keeps telling the story to lockwood throughout these chapters. Also Catherine finds out about how much Edgar and Heathcliff hate each other, so things start to tie into each other for Catherine.
In chapters 25-28 it becomes clearer to me that Nelly is Catherine's mother figure since her real mother died while giving birth to Catherine. Nelly is always looking after Catherine and ensuring for her well being and comforting her and giving advice. Nelly and Catherine visit Linton a lot on a piece of land that they are both allowed to see each other on. Catherine and Nelly are then tricked by Heathcliff to going back to Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff locks them in the house until Catherine marries Linton. Heathcliff wants them to be married right before Edgar dies so he will get Catherine's inheritance when Edgar dies. After five days Nelly escapes and tells Edgar that Catherine and Linton are married. Edgar is truly a good character who just wants what is best for his daughter, Catherine. That is the last time Edgar sees Nelly because he dies very soon after hearing of the news of Catherine and Linton.
“He died blissfully, Mr. Lockwood: he died so. Kissing her cheek, he murmured,—‘I am going to her; and you, darling child, shall come to us!’ and never stirred or spoke again; but continued that rapt, radiant gaze, till his pulse imperceptibly stopped and his soul departed. None could have noticed the exact minute of his death, it was so entirely without a struggle.” (307)
“Then I said I must go first, and tell of her arrival; imploring her to say, she should be happy with young Heathcliff. She stared, but soon comprehending why I counselled her to utter the falsehood, she assured me she would not complain.” (307)
Many important events happen in chapters 25-28, including in chapter 25, Edgar expresses his love towards Catherine by saying that if it made her happy, then she could marry Linton. This is hard for Edgar because of the hate between he and Heathcliff. He also also them to meet half way between the houses at the moors because that is what Catherine wants. This shows how much he loves Catherine, because he is putting away all of the hatred that he has towards Heathcliff, to please Catherine. This shows a lot about Edgar and his love for others. In chapter 27, Heathcliff gets Catherine and Nelly to go to Wuthering Heights, and he traps them inside a room, while Edgar was dying. Heathcliff said that Catherine had to marry Linton. Nelly ends up getting out after 5 days, and finds out that Catherine and Linton had gotten married, and that Catherine is trapped in another room. Nelly runs home to tell the dying Edgar that they had gotten married. When Catherine gets home, and she sees Edgar one last time, he expresses his love for her by saying, "he died so. Kissing her cheek, he murmered-'I am going to her; and you, darling child, shall come to us!' and never stirred or spoke again" (307).Through these chapters, we see the relationship that has grown between Nelly and Catherine, unlike the relationship between Nelly and older Catherine. Nelly goes everywhere with Catherine including the moors to see Linton. This shows how she has worked her way into a mother figure into Catherine's life. She loves Catherine, and does not want to ever be seperated from her. When Catherine returns home, Nelly states, "Yes', I cried: 'yes, my angel, he is, God be thanked, you are safe with us agian!" (306). This shows how worried Nelly was while Catherine was trapped by Heathcliff, and how glad she was that Catherined would get to see Edgar one last time.
In chapters 29-32, Nelly ask Heathcliff if she can come work at Wuthering Heights, but Heathcliff never answers the question. Now that Heathcliff will not let Nelly come see Catherine, Nelly begins to worry about Catherine all of the time. Nelly can only get information from Zillah the maid at Wuthering Heights. Nelly ends up buying a little house because she thought that she could get Catherine to come stay with her, but she then realizes that Heathcliff would never let that happen. This shows her love for Catherine, and how she was even willing to to buy a house just to keep her safe. Finally, Nelly's story that she had been telling Lockwood came to an end after this. Lockwood ends up going to Wuthering Heights to tell Heathcliff that he going to London for a little while, and he ends up giving a letter to Catherine from Nelly. Months after Lockwood had left Thrushcross Grange to go to London, he comes back looking for Nelly, but he finds out that she had moved to Wuthering Heights. This shows her love for Catherine, because she moved back to a place that was not as nice, or did not have as nice of people as Thrushcross Grange so she could be with Nelly. Nelly, talking about how Catherine and Hareton are beginning to get along states, "The crown of all my wishes will be the union of those two. I shall envy no one on their wedding day: there won't be a happier woman than myself in England!" (342). Nelly just wants Catherine to have a man that treats her correctly, and who actually loves her. Nelly truly loves Catherine.
In chapters 29-32, Nelly asks Hethcliff for Zillah's position at Wuthering Heights but Heathcliff interrupts her and never answers her question. He then forbides Nelly from calling or visiting Wuthering Heights and that if he wishes to see her he will call or come to Thrushcross Grange. Even though Nelly is not with Catherine and is not allows at the Heights, her only source of information is Zillah. Zillah informas Nelly that Heathcliff told everyone that htey did not have to be kind to Catherineonce she came to Wuthering Heights. Nelly becomes so concerned about Catherine that she has bought a cottage and wants to bring Catherine to come and live with her, but she knows that Heathcliff would never allow it. Chapter 30 marks the end of Nelly's story to Lockwood. Lockwood then travels to Wuthering Heights to discuss matters with Heathcliff about the Grange and brings a letter to Catherine from Nelly. Six months later, Lockwood returns to Thrushcross Grange in hopes of finding Nelly and discovers that she lives at Wuthering Heights now with Catherine and works for Heathcliff in place of Zillah. Nelly tells Lockwood that Catherine and AHreton have learned to get along with eachother and that the day they get married will be her proudest day.
“In her absence I began to beg for Zillah’s place at the Heights, offering to resign mine to her; but he would suffer it on no account.” (311)
“The crown of all my wishes will be the union of those two. I shall envy no one on their wedding day: there won’t be a happier woman than myself in England!” (342)
In the final two chapters, Catherine and Hareton end up getting married, which is what Nelly really wanted. We also see Nelly keep being a mother figure in Catherine's life. This is shown throuhgout these two chapters because Nelly is the last person from the first generation in the book to be alive, and she is staying alive just for Catherine. It is a great way to end the novel, to see the joy that Nelly gets being around Catherine.
In these chapters, Nelly continues to be like a mother to Catherine and someone who looks over Hareton and Heathcliff. Nelly continues to try to convince Catherine to none kind to Hareton. They end up getting married at the start of the new year. The only characters left are Catherine, Hareton, Nelly, and Lockwood because Heathcliff died. Nelly lives for Catherine and says that she is the reason for her happiness.
“The crown of all my wishes will be the union of those two. I shall envy no one on their wedding day: there won’t be a happier woman than myself in England” (342).
“They are afraid of nothing,’ I grumbled, watching their approach through the window. ‘Together, they would brave Satan and all his legions” (365).