“I’m trying to settle how I shall pay Hindley back. I don’t care how long I wait, if I can only do it at last. I hope he will not die before I do!”
Chapter 7 (Vol 1) is a key scene in the text. It is one of four scenes we will look at in detail. Answer the following questions as comprehensively as you can using textual evidence.
What is signficant about this chapter?
Why is it a turning point?
How does Bronte set up subsequent action in this scene?
What insight does this chapter provide into the motivation of Heathcliff, Catherine and Hindley?
How does Bronte communicate these events effectively? Think about language, the style of narration, structure etc.
Why does Nelly break her narration at the end of this chapter? This is purposeful on Bronte’s part. Why do you think she does this? What effect does is have on the reader/responder?