this collection of vampire tales by Anne Rice starts off with the story:Interview with the vampire, In 1791, Louis was a young indigo plantation owner...morethis collection of vampire tales by Anne Rice starts off with the story:Interview with the vampire, In 1791, Louis was a young indigo plantation owner living south of New Orleans, Louisiana. Distraught with guilt over the suicidal death of his younger brother and seeking death in any way possible, Louis is approached by a vampire named Lestat, who desires for Louis company. Lestat turns Louis into a vampire (although initially Louis merely begs to be killed) and the two become immortal companions. Lestat spends some time feeding off the local plantation slaves while Louis, who finds it morally impossible for him to murder humans to survive, feeds from animals.
Louis and Lestat are forced to leave when Louis' slaves begin to fear the monsters with which they live and instigate an uprising. Louis sets his own plantation aflame; he and Lestat exterminate the plantation slaves to keep word from spreading about vampires living in Louisiana. Gradually, Louis bends under Lestat's influence and begins feeding from humans. He slowly comes to terms with his vampire nature but also becomes increasingly repulsed by what he perceives as Lestat's total lack of compassion for the humans he preys upon.
Escaping to New Orleans proper, Louis feeds off a plague-ridden young girl one night, whom he finds next to the corpse of her mother. Louis begins to think of leaving Lestat and going his own way and fearing that is what Louis might do, Lestat then turns the girl, who has nearly reached the point of death, into a vampire “daughter” for them, naming her “Claudia” in the process (her real name is never revealed). Louis then is forced to stay by Lestat, because of Claudia.
Louis is horrified that Lestat has turned a child into a vampire, but instantly he cares for Claudia tenderly and dotingly. She takes to killing easily, but Claudia begins to hate Lestat as she realizes she can never grow up; although her mind matures into that of an intelligent, assertive woman, her body remains that of a six-year-old girl. After 60 years of living together, Claudia hatches a plot to dispose of Lestat by poisoning him and cutting his throat. Claudia and Louis then dump his body into a nearby swamp. After realizing that they seem to now be the only vampires living in America, Claudia desires to travel to Europe with Louis and seek out "Old World" vampires.
As Louis and Claudia prepare to flee to Europe, Lestat appears, having survived and recovered from Claudia's attack, and attacks them in turn. Louis sets fire to their home and barely escapes with Claudia, leaving a furious Lestat to be consumed by the flames.
Arriving in Europe, Louis and Claudia seek out more of their kind. They travel throughout eastern Europe first and do indeed encounter vampires, but these vampires appear to be nothing more than animated corpses, mindless and unintelligible. It is only when they reach Paris that they encounter vampires like themselves - specifically, the 400-year-old vampire Armand and his coven, the Théâtre des Vampires. Inhabiting an ancient theater, Armand and his vampire coven disguise themselves as humans and feed on live, terrified humans in mock-plays before a live human audience (who think the killings are merely a very realistic performance). Claudia is repulsed by these vampires and what she considers to be their cheap theatrics.
Claudia demands that Louis turn a human Parisian dollmaker, Madeleine, into a vampire to serve as both a mother figure and a replacement for Louis. Louis at first refuses but, after realizing Claudia's plight, gives in and makes Madeleine into a vampire. Louis, Madeleine and Claudia live together for a brief time but all three are abducted one night by the Theatre vampires. Lestat has arrived - having survived the fire and attempted murder in New Orleans - and his accusations against Louis and Claudia result in Louis being locked in a coffin to starve, while Claudia and Madeleine are locked in an open courtyard. Armand arrives and releases Louis from the coffin, but Madeleine and Claudia are burned to death by the rising sun. Louis finds the ashen remains of Claudia and Madeleine and is devastated. He later returns to the Theatre late the following night, burning it to the ground as the sun rises and killing all the vampires inside, and leaves with Armand.
Louis and Armand then travel across Europe together for several years, but Louis never fully recovers from Claudia's death. Tired of the Old World, Louis eventually returns to America and New Orleans in the early 20th century, living as a loner; he feeds off any humans that cross his path but lives in the shadows and never creates another companion for himself.
Telling the boy of one last (which is later described in detail by Lestat in later books) encounter with Lestat in New Orleans, Louis ends his tale; after 200 years, he is weary of immortality as a vampire and all the pain and suffering to which he has had to bear witness. The boy, however, seeing only the great powers granted to a vampire, begs to be made into a vampire himself. Infuriated that his interviewer learned nothing from his story, Louis refuses, and attacks the boy, feeding off him and rendering him unconscious. He then vanishes without a trace.
Recovering from the attack, the boy notes the address of the house where Louis last saw Lestat in New Orleans, and then leaves to track down Lestat for himself. later comes the second novel:the vampire lestat: Set in the late 18th century to the late 1980s, the story follows the 200 year long life of the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, and his rise from humble beginnings as an impoverished aristocrat in the country side of France to the city of Paris to become a vain and arrogant Vampire. After escaping his family and running off to Paris with his friend and confidante Nicki, Lestat is bitten by the rogue elder vampire Magnus who orphans him on the night he is made. He abandons Nicki for fear of causing him harm, and shuns contact with his loved ones, until one day his mother, Gabrielle, arrives in town. Gabrielle is dying, and in order to save her, Lestat bites her, transforming her into his first companion.
The pair are antagonized by a coven of more "traditional" vampires living in the nearby cemetery Les Innocents. This coven, led by the vampire Armand, are convinced that all vampires must worship Satan and do his work on Earth; terrifying their human victims, dressing in rags, and returning to crypts at night. Armand and his coven kidnap Nicki in order to force a confrontation with Lestat and Gabrielle, but when Lestat demonstrates to them that vampires can easily co-exist with humans and live comfortably among them, the coven dissolves, leaving Armand distraught and alone. Nicki, however, is now aware of the world of vampires, and feels betrayed by Lestat. Lestat bites Nicki, turning him into a vampire, but he takes to his new lifestyle poorly and rejects Lestat, instead banding together with some of the dissolved cemetery coven to form the Théâtre des Vampires. Lestat then begins a worldwide search for the vampire Marius, a wise and ancient vampire who he learns of from Armand, in an attempt to find out the history of the vampires.
Lestat eventually parts ways with Gabrielle, due to irreconcilable differences in their natures - Gabrielle yearns for desolate spaces and loves nature, while Lestat is perpetually drawn to humankind. He eventually finds the fabled Marius, who teaches him much about the origins of the vampire species and Marius's own past. He also reveals his secret, one he refused to unveil even to his former protege Armand. He is the guardian of Those Who Must Be Kept, a pair of immobile vampires of unbelievable strength and power. These two are named Akasha and Enkil, and are the original vampires from whom all others are descended, but over the millennia they have lapsed into stillness and hardly ever move or communicate. They must be protected, because any harm done to Akasha and Enkil is also done to all other living vampires.
From Marius's island in Greece, Lestat travels to New Orleans. After the events detailed in Interview with the Vampire, he "goes into the earth" again in 1929. In 1984, Lestat emerges to become a rock star with a mortal band that consists of Alex, Larry and Tough Cookie. He writes a manuscript entitled The Vampire Lestat (which comprises the bulk of the actual novel), and publishes it, thereby using his new found fame to reveal all the secrets of the vampire world. With the eyes of the world on him, Lestat seeks to start a war. Just before the night of the band's unveiling concert, Lestat reunites with Louis, who fills him in on recent events in the vampire world, including the new system of meeting grounds known as the Vampire Connection and Lestat's own danger as a pariah among vampires.
The book ends on a cliffhanger after Lestat's debut concert in San Francisco, and leads directly into the third volume, The Queen of the Damned.
the third an the last book is known as "the queen of the damned" which starts off with the Part One which follows several different people over the same period of several days. Several of the characters appear in the two previous books, including Armand, Daniel (the "boy reporter" of Interview with the Vampire), Marius, Louis, Gabrielle and Santino. Each of the six chapters in Part One tells a different story about a different person or group of people. Two things unify these chapters: a series of dreams about red-haired twin sisters, and the fact that a powerful being is killing vampires around the world by manner of spontaneous combustion.
Pandora and Santino rescue Marius, having answered his telepathic call for help. Marius informs his rescuers that Akasha has been awakened by Lestat's rock music. Akasha has destroyed her husband Enkil and plots to rule the world. Akasha is also revealed as the source of the attacks on other vampires.
Part Two takes place at Lestat's concert. Jesse, a member of the secret Talamasca and relative of Maharet, is mortally injured while attending the concert, and is taken to Maharet's Sonoma compound where she is made into a vampire. The vampires from Part One later congregate in the Sonoma compound. The only vampires not present are Akasha and Lestat. Akasha has abducted Lestat and takes him as an unwilling consort to various locations in the world, inciting women to rise up and kill the men who (they feel) have oppressed them.
Part Three takes place at Maharet's home in a Sonoma forest. There Maharet tells the story of Akasha and the red-haired twins (who are, in fact, Maharet and her sister, Mekare) to Pandora, Jesse, Marius, Santino, Eric, Armand, Daniel, Louis and Gabrielle. Also present are Mael and Khayman, who already know the story. (see "Maharet and Mekare")
In Part Four, Akasha confronts the gathered vampires at Maharet's compound. There she explains her plans and offers the vampires a chance to be her 'angels' in her New World Order. Akasha plans to kill 90 percent of the world's human men, and to establish a new Eden in which women will worship Akasha as a goddess. The vampires' refusal of her offer will result in their deaths. The vampires refuse to join her; but before Akasha can destroy them, Mekare enters. Mekare kills Akasha by severing her head. Mekare then consumes Akasha's brain and heart, thereby saving the lives of the remaining vampires and becoming the new 'Queen of the Damned.'
In Part Five, the vampires leave Maharet's compound and assemble at Armand's resort, the "Night Island," (according to Anne Rice, inspired by Fire Island) in Florida to recover. They eventually go their separate ways (as told in The Tale of the Body Thief). Lestat takes Louis to see David Talbot in London. After their brief visit with Talbot they depart into the night, an incensed Louis and his angry words filling Lestat with glee.
this book is one of those which are hard to find but very interesting to read and to learn.
this book is about the early period of the french revoluti...more this book is one of those which are hard to find but very interesting to read and to learn.
this book is about the early period of the french revolution and a group of wealthy men from good and wealthy families who risk their lives to save the french royalties or used-to be royalties even aristrocrats from the blood-thirsty guillotine.
in the story Marguerite Blakeney,a french actress is married to Sir Percy Blakeney,a seemingly vain and smple yet wealthy man.the french ambassador to England,Citizen Chauvelin,blackmails Marguerite into giving him information that leads to his discovery of the scarlet pimpernel's true iddentity.Marguerite only realizes once her husband has once again left for France that man she betrayed, the scarlet pimpernel,is infact none other than Sir Percy.(less)
this story is a fictional story of a female japanese entertainer named chiyo sakamoto. the story set in japan tells about the life of Chiyo, who is sol...morethis story is a fictional story of a female japanese entertainer named chiyo sakamoto. the story set in japan tells about the life of Chiyo, who is sold into alife of servitude by her parents when she iis nine-years old.Chiyo is taken in by the proprietress of a geisha house,Mother,where she works to pay off the debt of her purchase and the soiling of a silk kimono owned by a well known geisha-Mameha,which Chiyo was blackmailed into defacing by the geisha,Hatsumomo.
one day while crying in the street,the young Chiyo is noticed by the chairman,who buys her an iced sorbet and gives her his handkerchief,inspired by his act of kindness,Chiyo resolves to become a geisha so that she may one day become a part of The Chairman's life.Chiyo now a young woman,is taken under the wing of Mameha,head of a riva geisha house.under mameha's tutelage,the girl Chiyo becomes Sayuri,the most famous geisha in all Gion,kyoto.Hatsumomo becomes Sayuri's rival and seeks to destroy her;however, Hatsumomo ends up destroying herself instead after setting fire to Okiya.
Sayuri through her work as a geisha, is reunited with the chairman,whom she has secretly loved she was a girl,although she is led to beleive he has no memory of who she was before she became a geisha.her prosperous life is cut-short by the outbreak of World War II and while the safety of Sayuri and Mameha is ensured by the chairman,they must endure a life of hard -labour.after the war Sayuri is reunited with Mameha,and they become geishas once more.
the chairman arranges to meet Sayuri,where he finally reveals that he knows that she is Chiyo.he tells her that he was responsible for sending Mameha to her so that she may fulfill her dreams of becoming a geisha.sayuri finally reveals her love to the chairman,which she has harbouring for over fifteen years.the story ends with their loving embrace and a stroll through a beautiful Japanese garden with waterfalls and rocks.(less)
Rebecca Bloomwood moves to Manhattan to nurture her shopping addiction and gets involved in the New York City magazine world. She has spent almost $10...moreRebecca Bloomwood moves to Manhattan to nurture her shopping addiction and gets involved in the New York City magazine world. She has spent almost $1000 in a month, when she discovers a fashionable green scarf, she doesn't have enough money to buy it and borrows money from a man on the street. When she interviews with Luke Brandon, the editor of the magazine Successful Saving, she finds that he is the man from whom she had borrowed money.
Frustrated by her lack of success, she writes drunken letters to Alette magazine and Successful Saving, but she posts each one to the wrong magazine. Nevertheless, Luke Brandon hires her. Then, rather than completing a work assignment, she goes to a clothing sale. When examining an expensive cashmere coat, she realizes that it is 5% cashmere and 95% acrylic. She writes her column, calling herself "the Girl with the Green Scarf".
Impressed, her boss, Luke, invites her to a conference in Miami and an important ball. While shopping for the ball, Luke asks what she thinks of him. Rebecca says he is a workaholic and not a good investment as all his hard work goes into the magazine but the earnings to someone else. At a restaurant, another woman, Alicia, asks Luke to the ball.
Rebecca learns that Luke is the son of the famous socialite Eleonor Sherman and that he knows a lot about clothes. At the ball the two share a romantic moment on the roof after a major faux pas Rebecca commits while serving the dishes.
Rebecca returns home to confrontations with a bill collector and her best friend Suze, who makes her join a Shopaholic-group. She is later publicly accused of not paying her debts live on a TV show,'Morning Coffee' and as a consequence loses her job. Though Luke is hurt that Rebecca has lied to him, he still finds her a source of inspiration.
Rebecca decides to sell all of her clothes in a sale, but hesitates over the green scarf. A blond woman and a woman talking on a telephone begin a bidding war over the scarf. The sale is a success, making it possible for her to repay her debt.
Rebecca and Luke come together, with Luke returning her the green scarf – he was the person behind both bidders. During the credits, Rebecca ends up working for Luke's new magazine, writing articles such as "Confessions of a Shopaholic".
Life looks good for Becky as she spouts financial advice on her TV show, finds romance with Luke, and continues to wrap her bank manager Derek Smeath...moreLife looks good for Becky as she spouts financial advice on her TV show, finds romance with Luke, and continues to wrap her bank manager Derek Smeath around her pinkie. But when Mr. Smeath retires from Endwich Bank and Luke announces he wants to make it big in New York, big changes are in store (literally) for Becky. She takes to New York like an angel to heaven, or as she so succinctly says, "These are my people. I've found my homeland." Becky has never been happier and the reader is treated to Becky hyperventilating at a Prada sample sale, seeing the Guggenheim in a unique way, winning the attention of employees at Barney's, all while taking a three-hour group walking tour of New York that turns into a thousand dollar shopping day when the tour director invites them to enter a magnificent place of worship and Becky enters Saks rather than St. Patrick's. But an unplanned event sends Becky into a depression and destroys her relationship with Luke. Will Becky recover? How will she muddle through without job or boyfriend? Will the new bank manager succumb to her charms or demand full payment? Is it possible for Becky to live up to her own catch phrase she preaches to her loyal viewers, "Look after your money...and your money will look after you."
Life is treating Becky Brandon well: Luke's business is expanding thanks to a new customer, Iain Wheeler; they rapidly sold their flat and are house-h...moreLife is treating Becky Brandon well: Luke's business is expanding thanks to a new customer, Iain Wheeler; they rapidly sold their flat and are house-hunting; and though Becky is working as a personal shopper at a failing department store, her empty schedule allows plenty of time for obstetrician appointments (and shopping for the baby). Her obstetrician is the doctor who delivered Luke, and is very highly ranked, but Becky is desperate to get in with the Obstetrician to the Celebrities: Venetia Carter. At first, Luke is hesitant, but agrees to go to one preliminary appointment with Becky. Once there, he discovers that Venetia is none other than his college girlfriend (who has since changed her last name to the more professional Carter). Luke agrees to let Becky switch obstetricians.
What begins as a few meetings between old college friends soon becomes constant text messages in Latin (which Becky cannot read but Luke and Venetia studied in college) and attempts by Venetia to embarrass Becky and make her feel unattractive one-on-one while giving her gift bags and putting her name forward for a "Yummiest Mummies" article in Vogue when Luke attends their appointments. While discussing Venetia with her fashion designer friend Danny, Becky blurts out "She's a red-haired bitch and I hate her!" Danny uses the phrase on his newest t-shirt design for Becky's department store, and Venetia sees Becky wearing the shirt. Venetia tells Becky that she and Luke are like Penelope and Odysseus, and that though Luke will be active in the baby's life, he will be leaving Becky.
Becky is exhausted by the ordeal and stays in bed while Luke attends a college reunion. She later decides to attend and arrives to find Luke and Venetia waltzing, and faints away from the shock. She awakens in the hospital and tells Luke that Venetia told her his news. Luke is shocked and disappointed, but leaves for a business trip per Becky's request. The upside of this is that Becky can be as rude as she likes to her visiting mother-in-law, but later realizes that she wants to give her marriage another chance and overnights a letter to Luke asking him to meet her at the top of a tower if he wants to give things another shot.
Apparently, the 'news' that Luke thought Venetia had told Becky was that Luke's business expansion had failed due to his having to pull out of the deal with Iain Wheeler following a sexual harassment incident (one of Iain's employees harassing one of Luke's), and that he and Becky were not going to be rich as thought they could be. The two reunite.
A few days later, Becky goes to the hospital and pretends to be in labor in order to see Venetia and confront her. The hospital alerts Becky's entire emergency list and all her friends witness the confrontation and see Luke tell Venetia why he loves Becky. The stress of the confrontation causes Becky's water to break and her real labor begins.
Becky gives birth to a girl who is named Minnie. Luke and Becky are unable to purchase their dream house. They move temporarily to Oxshott to stay with Becky's parents. The book closes with Minnie receiving her first offer of a store credit card.
Becky and Luke have been married for ten months and are on honeymoon in Asia when the book opens. Though they have been enjoying themselves, they deci...moreBecky and Luke have been married for ten months and are on honeymoon in Asia when the book opens. Though they have been enjoying themselves, they decide it is time to return to England. Luke immediately goes back into businessman-mode, cutting his hair and donning suits once more. Before returning home, they stop for a brief trip in Milan, where Luke is meeting a potential client. After totaling up the large number of purchases they have accrued during their trip, not to mention the cost of hotel stays, Becky agrees that she will not buy anything in Milan. But the chance of a lifetime comes along - an Angel bag, the It bag of the season which Becky simply has to have. A businessman helps Becky jump to the head of the waiting list, and Becky promises to pay him back somehow.
Once back in England, Becky and Luke stop to visit the Bloomwood family and surprise them with their early return, but the Bloomwoods seem to be hiding something. Not only that, but they are not impressed with Becky's gifts and don't seem as excited as Becky had hoped. The next day, they go to the christening of Suze's twins. Unfortunately, Suze has befriended a local woman and mother of four, to whom she can relate to more than Becky. Becky's troubles become worse when two trucks full of her souvenirs arrive. With her new job not due to start for several months, Luke orders Becky to sort things out around the house with her spare time.
Becky's parents arrive with big news - they didn't want to tell Becky initially, but she has a half-sister from a previous relationship of her father's. Becky is ecstatic - she claims that she has felt a hole in her life and has always wanted a sister. She imagines shopping, girls' nights in, and a new best friend to replace Suze. Once she meets her half-sister Jess, she is disappointed: Jess is studious, thrifty, and a bit standoffish. Jess tries to encourage Becky to save money; Becky can't comprehend why Jess doesn't want to do anything fun. Becky overhears Luke saying that she is hard to live with, and thinks that her marriage is over.
After a falling-out with Jess, Becky decides to go to her home in northern England to learn to be thrifty. Jess has departed on a mountain climb on a gloomy day, and Becky follows to try to catch up. She ends up off the trail and falls. Luckily Jess watches over her and the two girls discover that though their interests are different, they have the same level of passion. The book ends with Becky helping Jess organize a protest against a new shopping mall (which turns out to be one of Luke's new clients) and Becky discovering that she is pregnant.
this is the only book writen by one of the Bronte sisters,Emily Bronte. The narrative is non-linear, involving several flashbacks, and two primary narr...morethis is the only book writen by one of the Bronte sisters,Emily Bronte. The narrative is non-linear, involving several flashbacks, and two primary narrators: Mr. Lockwood and Ellen "Nelly" Dean. The novel opens in 1801, with Mr. Lockwood arriving at Thrushcross Grange, a grand house on the Yorkshire moors that he is renting from the surly Heathcliff, who lives at nearby Wuthering Heights. Lockwood is treated rudely, and coldly by the brooding, unsociable Heathcliff, and is forced to stay at Wuthering Heights for a night because one of the savage dogs of the Heights attacks him, and the weather turns against him. The housekeeper cautiously takes him to a chamber to sleep through the night and warns him to not speak to Heathcliff about where he is sleeping, for he would get in deep trouble.
During the night, Lockwood finds a book of the experiences of a girl named Catherine Earnshaw, in which he discovers that she and Heathcliff were extremely close as children. As he dozes off, Lockwood has a terrifying dream of Catherine's ghost appearing at his window, deathly pale and frightening, begging him to let her into the home, and then attempting to force her way in through the broken window; horrified, Lockwood finds himself driving her away by seizing her wrist and forcing it down on the broken glass in the windowframe. Heathcliff, awakened as Lockwood shouts in fear, comes running. Heathcliff's mood changes dramatically when Lockwood tells him of Catherine's ghost. Heathcliff asks Mr. Lockwood to leave the room and Lockwood hears him sobbing outside the door saying, "Oh Cathy, please come in." The following morning, Lockwood sets off to Thrushcross Grange where he asks the housekeeper, Nelly Dean, to tell the story of Heathcliff, Catherine, and Wuthering Heights as he recovers from a cold.
Nelly (Ellen) Dean takes over the narration and begins her story thirty years earlier, when Heathcliff, a foundling living on the streets of Liverpool, is brought to Wuthering Heights by the then-owner, the kind Mr. Earnshaw, and raised as his own. Ellen comments that Heathcliff perhaps might have been descended from American origins. He is often described as "dark" or "gypsy". Earnshaw's daughter Catherine becomes Heathcliff's inseparable friend. Her brother Hindley, however, resents Heathcliff, seeing him as an interloper and rival. When Mr. Earnshaw dies three years later, Hindley (who has married a woman named Frances) takes over the estate. He brutalises Heathcliff, forcing him to work as a hired hand. Catherine becomes friends with a neighbouring family, the Lintons of Thrushcross Grange, who mellow her initially wild personality. She is especially attached to the refined and mild young Edgar Linton, whom Heathcliff instantly dislikes.
A year later, Hindley's wife dies, apparently of consumption, shortly after giving birth to a son, Hareton. Hindley takes to drinking. Some two years after that, Catherine agrees to marry Edgar. Nelly knows that this will crush Heathcliff, and Heathcliff overhears Catherine's explanation that it would be "degrading" to marry him. Heathcliff storms out and leaves Wuthering Heights, not hearing Catherine's continuing declarations that "she is Heathcliff" and that her love for him is immovable like the rocks. After realizing that Heathcliff has left her, Catherine becomes desperate and is struck down by a fever. Edgar's attentions slowly return Catherine back to health, and some years later she marries him. She lives in apparent happiness for a few months, until Heathcliff returns, intent on destroying those who prevent him from being with Catherine. He has, mysteriously, become very wealthy. Through loans he has made to the drunken and dissipated Hindley that Hindley cannot repay, Heathcliff takes ownership of Wuthering Heights upon Hindley's death. Intent on ruining Edgar, Heathcliff elopes with Edgar's sister Isabella, which places him in a position to inherit Thrushcross Grange upon Edgar's death.
Catherine is initially very happy at seeing Heathcliff again, but then becomes very ill after a harsh argument with Heathcliff regarding Isabella. They reconcile a few hours before her death, however, reaffirming their feelings for one another for the last time. Catherine dies after giving birth to a daughter also named Catherine, or Cathy. Heathcliff becomes only more bitter and vengeful towards everybody around him. Isabella flees her abusive marriage a month later and subsequently gives birth to a boy, Linton. At around the same time, Hindley dies. Heathcliff takes ownership of Wuthering Heights and vows to raise Hindley's son Hareton with as much neglect as he had suffered at Hindley's hands years earlier. Later on, Heathcliff tells Nelly that he despises his own son, Linton, who reminds him of Edgar and Isabella, and favours Hareton as a son, recognising an element of Catherine in him (it having already been established that both Catherine and Heathcliff considered themselves one and the same person), and therefore himself. Yet, Heathcliff chooses to ignore these paternal emotions so that he might continue to degrade Hareton as Hindley degraded Heathcliff: thereby achieving his revenge on his hated foster-brother.
Twelve years later, the dying Isabella asks Edgar to raise her and Heathcliff's son, Linton. However, Heathcliff finds out about this and takes the sickly, spoiled child to Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff has nothing but contempt for his son, but delights in the idea of him ruling the property of his enemies. To that end, a few years later, Heathcliff attempts to persuade young Cathy to marry Linton. With Linton's health diminishing swiftly, Heathcliff kidnaps Cathy and forces the two to marry. Soon after, Edgar Linton dies, followed shortly by Linton Heathcliff. This leaves Cathy a widow and a virtual prisoner at Wuthering Heights, as Heathcliff has gained complete control of both Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. It is at this point in the narrative that Lockwood arrives, renting Thrushcross Grange from Heathcliff, and hearing Nelly Dean's story. Shocked, Lockwood leaves for London.
During his absence from the area, however, events reach a climax that Nelly describes when he returns a year later. Cathy gradually softens toward her rough, uneducated cousin Hareton, just as her mother was tender towards Heathcliff. When Heathcliff is confronted by Cathy and Hareton's love, notably Hareton's determination to protect the defiant Cathy from Heathcliff's attacks, he seems to suffer a mental break from reality and begins to see Catherine's ghost. He abandons his life-long vendetta and soon dies, smiling at having achieved his life-long dream of joining Catherine in the afterlife. Nelly describes Heathcliff's corpse. It is lying on the bed stiff. The window is open and rain is pouring in through it soaking Heathcliff's body. His hand is outstretched as if reaching for somebody's hand (possibly the ghost of Catherine as seen by Lockwood). He is buried next to Catherine, and several villagers swear that they have seen their ghosts wandering together through the moors. The story concludes with Lockwood visiting their graves, noting how restful the spot seems. (less)