’They are not mine,’ said the amiable hostess, more repellingly than Heathcliff himself could have replied.
’My amiable lady!’ he interrupted, with an almost diabolical sneer on his face.
’Where is she — my amiable lady?’
Mrs. Dean raised the candle, and I discerned a soft-featured face, exceedingly resembling the young lady at the Heights, but more pensive and amiable in expression.
I urged my companion to hasten now and show his amiable humour, and he willingly obeyed; but ill luck would have it that, as he opened the door leading from the kitchen on one side, Hindley opened it on the other.
’She does not seem so amiable,’ I thought, ’as Mrs. Dean would persuade me to believe.
’I don’t much mind speaking of his amiable qualities now,’ he answered; ’because she must either accept him or remain a prisoner, and you along with her, till your master dies.
’It is strange,’ I began, in the interval of swallowing one cup of tea and receiving another — ’it is strange how custom can mould our tastes and ideas: many could not imagine the existence of happiness in a life of such complete exile from the world as you spend, Mr. Heathcliff; yet, I’ll venture to say, that, surrounded by your family, and with your amiable lady as the presiding genius over your home and heart — ’
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She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.