Quotable Monday

I first read Wuthering Heights in high school and immediately fell in love with Heathcliff.  Perhaps this makes me more than a little insane, but I’d like to contend that I was just a very weird child.  Yes, the intensity of Heathcliff was alluring to a young girl who had yet to experience her first real love, but now I fully understand that suffering a romantic relationship with Heathcliff would be more trouble than it’s worth.  Regardless, the manner in which Cathy explains her love for Heathcliff captures something about the dreamiest experience of love.  It blew me away at sixteen and still floors me eleven years later…

I cannot express it; but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is, or should be an existence of yours beyond you. What were the use of creation if I were entirely contained here? My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff’s miseries, and I watched and felt each from the beginning; my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the Universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it. My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods. Time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees — my love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath — a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff — he’s always, always in my mind — not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself — but as my own being — so, don’t talk of our separation again — it is impracticable.

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One response to “Quotable Monday

  1. Keep it up, great job! Just the stuff I had to know.

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