The service lasted precisely three hours; and yet my brother had the face to exclaim, when he saw us descending, "What, done already?"
At that crisis, a sudden inspiration descended on me; I was moved to rise and denounce Jabez Branderham as the sinner of the sin that no Christian need pardon.
I descended cautiously to the lower regions, and landed in the back-kitchen, where a gleam of fire, raked compactly together, enabled me to rekindle my candle.
Hindley descended more leisurely, sobered and abashed.
I descended, and found Heathcliff waiting under the porch, evidently anticipating an invitation to enter.
He ran to the window and I to the door, just in time to behold the two Lintons descend from the family carriage, smothered in cloaks and furs, and the Earnshaws dismount from their horses: they often rode to church in winter.
As she never offered to descend to breakfast next morning, I went to ask whether she would have some carried up.
He descended, and bidding the servants wait in the passage, went, followed by me, to the kitchen.
I reflected as the good woman descended to receive the doctor: and not exactly of the kind which I should have chosen to amuse me.
He descended, nearly as eager as herself; and a considerable interval elapsed ere they had a thought to spare for any but themselves.
Being at liberty, I lost no time in seeking the old servant; who, having gathered by degrees the purport of my hasty tale, hurried below, gasping, as he descended the steps two at once.
To obviate the fatigue of mounting and descending the stairs, we fitted up this, where you lie at present — on the same floor with the parlour; and she was soon strong enough to move from one to the other, leaning on Edgar’s arm.
I descended to tell my master that the young lady’s qualm of sickness was almost gone, but I judged it best for her to lie down a while.
I listened, and tossed about, and, finally, dressed and descended.
I was cogitating what the mystery might be, and determined Catherine should never suffer to benefit him or any one else, by my good will; when, hearing a rustle among the ling, I looked up and saw Mr. Heathcliff almost close upon us, descending the Heights.
Following her habit, my young lady descended early, and visited the kitchen: I watched her go to the door, on the arrival of a certain little boy; and, while the dairymaid filled his can, she tucked something into his jacket pocket, and plucked something out.
In summer Miss Catherine delighted to climb along these trunks, and sit in the branches, swinging twenty feet above the ground; and I, pleased with her agility and her light, childish heart, still considered it proper to scold every time I caught her at such an elevation, but so that she knew there was no necessity for descending.
Isabella ceased speaking, and took a drink of tea; then she rose, and bidding me put on her bonnet, and a great shawl I had brought, and turning a deaf ear to my entreaties for her to remain another hour, she stepped on to a chair, kissed Edgar’s and Catherine’s portraits, bestowed a similar salute on me, and descended to the carriage, accompanied by Fanny, who yelped wild with joy at recovering her mistress.
She had cried out, when I carried up her dinner, that she couldn’t bear any longer being in the cold; and I told her the master was going to Thrushcross Grange, and Earnshaw and I needn’t hinder her from descending; so, as soon as she heard Heathcliff’s horse trot off, she made her appearance, donned in black, and her yellow curls combed back behind her ears as plain as a Quaker: she couldn’t comb them out.