As the guest answered nothing, but took his seat, and looked thoroughly indifferent what sentiments she cherished concerning him, she turned and whispered an earnest appeal for liberty to her tormentor.
If she desired to go, she might: the nuisance of her presence outweighs the gratification to be derived from tormenting her!’
These three awful nights I’ve never closed my lids — and oh, I’ve been tormented!
She said nothing further till the paroxysm was over; then she continued, more kindly — ’I’m not wishing you greater torment than I have, Heathcliff.
’May she wake in torment!’ he cried, with frightful vehemence, stamping his foot, and groaning in a sudden paroxysm of ungovernable passion.
But his self-love would endure no further torment: I heard, and not altogether disapprovingly, a manual cheek given to her saucy tongue.
’You are a boastful champion,’ replied Heathcliff; ’but I don’t like you well enough to hurt him: you shall get the full benefit of the torment, as long as it lasts.
Well, Hareton’s aspect was the ghost of my immortal love; of my wild endeavours to hold my right; my degradation, my pride, my happiness, and my anguish — ’But it is frenzy to repeat these thoughts to you: only it will let you know why, with a reluctance to be always alone, his society is no benefit; rather an aggravation of the constant torment I suffer: and it partly contributes to render me regardless how he and his cousin go on together.
Is it not sufficient for your infernal selfishness, that while you are at peace I shall writhe in the torments of hell?’