“Youd rather be damned!” he said; “and so you shall. No law in England can hinder a man from keeping his house decent, and mines abominable! Open your mouth.”
He held the knife in his hand, and pushed its point between my teeth: but, for my part, I was never much afraid of his vagaries. I spat out, and affirmed it tasted detestably-I would not take it on any account.
“Oh!” said he, releasing me, “I see that hideous little villain is not Hareton: I beg your pardon, Nell. If it be, he deserves flaying alive for not running to welcome me, and for screaming as if I were a online payday loans in OK goblin. Unnatural cub, come hither! Ill teach thee to impose on a good-hearted, deluded father. Now, dont you think the lad would be handsomer cropped? It makes a dog fiercer, and I love something fierce-get me a scissors-something fierce and trim! Besides, its infernal affectation-devilish conceit it is, to cherish our ears-were asses enough without them. Well then, it is my darling! wisht, dry thy eyes-theres a joy; kiss me. What! it wont? Kiss me, Hareton! Damn thee, kiss me! By God, as if I would rear such a monster! As sure as Im living, Ill break the brats neck.”
At the first finger his father laid on him, however, he shrieked again louder than before, and struggled as if he would go into convulsions
Poor Hareton was squalling and kicking in his fathers arms with all his might, and redoubled his yells when he carried him upstairs and lifted him over the banister. I cried out that he would frighten the child into fits, and ran to rescue him. As I reached them, Hindley leant forward on the rails to listen to a noise below; almost forgetting what he had in his hands. “Who is that?” he asked, hearing some one approaching the stairs-foot. I leant forward also, for the purpose of signing to Heathcliff, whose step I recognised, not to come further; and, at the instant when my eye quitted Hareton, he gave a sudden spring, delivered himself from the careless grasp that held him, and fell.
There was scarcely time to experience a thrill of horror before we saw that the little wretch was safe. Heathcliff arrived underneath just at the critical moment; by a natural impulse he arrested his descent, and setting him on his feet, looked up to discover the author of the accident. A miser who has parted with a lucky lottery ticket for five shillings, and finds next day he has lost in the bargain five thousand pounds, could not show a blanker countenance than he did on beholding the figure of Mr. Earnshaw above. It expressed, plainer than words could do, the intensest anguish at having made himself the instrument of thwarting his own revenge. Had it been dark, I daresay he would have tried to remedy the mistake by smashing Haretons skull on the steps; but, we witnessed his salvation; and I was presently below with my precious charge pressed to my heart. Hindley descended more leisurely, sobered and abashed.
Hush, child, hush!
“It is your fault, Ellen,” he said; “you should have kept him out of sight: you should have taken him from me! Is he injured anywhere?”
“Injured!” I cried angrily; “if he is not killed, hell be an idiot! Oh! I wonder his mother does not rise from her grave to see how you use him. Youre worse than a heathen-treating your own flesh and blood in that manner!”