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The intensity of feeling between Catherine and Heathclif defies family barriers imposed by Catherines brother Hindley after their fathers death Heathcliff was ill-treated by Hindley after the death of the old Earnshaw He drove him from their company to the servants deprived him of the instructions of the curate He bore his degradation pretty well at first because Cathy taught him what she learnt and work or play with him in the fields They both promised fair to grow up as rude as savages the young master being entirely negligent how they behave and what they did so they keep clear of him and the after punishment grew a mere thing to laugh at The crute might set as many chapters as he pleased for Catherine to get by heart and Joseph might thrash Heathcliff till his arm ached they forget everything the minute they were together again Pg 44 Thus it is clearly obvious that since childhood their feeling for each other defies all the family barriers imposed on them No outside force would be strong enough to eclipse their emotions Even when she grows old enough for the question of marriage to arise Catherines relationship with Heathcliff remains much as it was when they were children The way the two spirit intertwined are clearly illustrated in Catherines speech below My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliffs miseries my great thought in living is himself If all else perish and he remained I should still continue to be and if all else remained and he were annihilated the Universe would turn to 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 Im 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-Hes always in my
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