A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Saturday, October 01, 2005

"Nelly, I am Heathcliff!"

Every October, for at least the last three years, I have read one of my favorite books: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

I first read it my sophomore year of high school and adored it. It seems to fit perfectly with the weather and feeling of October. I am so very excited to begin reading it.

The version I will be reading is this one.

You can read an online version here.

More information here.

There have been several film versions of the book, including a 1992 version, starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche.

There is also a 1939 version starring the great Sir Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff that I have yet to see, but desire to greatly.

I have so many favorite quotes and lines from the book. Last year when I read it I copied them out.

Here are a few:

'What were the use of my creation, if I were entirely contained here? My great miserires 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 might 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.'
-page 77-78

'You are an impertinent little monkey.'
-page 87

'I was weeping as much for him as her; we do sometimes pity creatures that have none of the feeling either for themselves or others.'
-page 159

'People who do their duty are always finally rewarded.'
-page 226

'No books!' I exclaimed. 'How do you contrive to live here without them? . . . take my books away, and I should be desperate.'
-page 288
My most favorite quotes tend to be long, so I won't type them up here.

If you have never read Wuthering Heights, I highly recommend it!