Inquiries were made as to how it got there; I was obliged to confess, and in recompense for my cowardice and inhumanity was sent out of the house.
I obliged her to obey; and I shall never forget what a scene she acted when we reached her chamber: it terrified me.
The day after, there was a justice-meeting at the next town; my master was obliged to attend; and Mr. Heathcliff, aware of his absence, called rather earlier than usual.
He was not insolent to his benefactor, he was simply insensible; though knowing perfectly the hold he had on his heart, and conscious he had only to speak and all the house would be obliged to bend to his wishes.
Merely tell her his father sent for him suddenly, and he has been obliged to leave us.’
Don’t persist, sir! or else I shall be obliged to inform my master of your designs; and he’ll take measures to secure his house and its inmates from any such unwarrantable intrusions!’
And I’m obliged to come down here — they resolved never to hear me up-stairs.’
She’s glad to be obliged to stay, I’m certain.’
"He’d take it very kind — he’d be much obliged."
It was enough if he were obliged to see her once or twice a day.
’I’m rather obliged than angry, Nelly,’ he said, ’for you remind me of the manner in which I desire to be buried.
Since early morning she had been busy ordering her own small affairs; and now attired in her new black frock — poor thing! her aunt’s death impressed her with no definite sorrow — she obliged me, by constant worrying, to walk with her down through the grounds to meet them.
That night, though, he easily recovered his good humour: he was charmed with two or three pretty songs — YOUR songs, Ellen; and when I was obliged to go, he begged and entreated me to come the following evening; and I promised.
When Heathcliff is in, I’m often obliged to seek the kitchen and their society, or starve among the damp uninhabited chambers; when he is not, as was the case this week, I establish a table and chair at one corner of the house fire, and never mind how Mr. Earnshaw may occupy himself; and he does not interfere with my arrangements.
CHAPTER XXI WE had sad work with little Cathy that day: she rose in high glee, eager to join her cousin, and such passionate tears and lamentations followed the news of his departure that Edgar himself was obliged to soothe her, by affirming he should come back soon: he added, however, ’if I can get him’; and there were no hopes of that.
…in the interval, and commenced her plan of reform by trying to raise her self-respect with fine clothes and flattery, which she took readily; so that, instead of a wild, hatless little savage jumping into the house, and rushing to squeeze us all breathless, there ’lighted from a handsome black pony a very dignified person, with brown ringlets falling from the cover of a feathered beaver, and a long cloth habit, which she was obliged to hold up with both hands that she might sail in.
Isabella and he had had an hour’s interview, during which he tried to elicit from her some sentiment of proper horror for Heathcliff’s advances: but he could make nothing of her evasive replies, and was obliged to close the examination unsatisfactorily; adding, however, a solemn warning, that if she were so insane as to encourage that worthless suitor, it would dissolve all bonds of relationship between herself and him.
…to weary myself with imagining some fit parentage for him; and, repeating my waking meditations, I tracked his existence over again, with grim variations; at last, picturing his death and funeral: of which, all I can remember is, being exceedingly vexed at having the task of dictating an inscription for his monument, and consulting the sexton about it; and, as he had no surname, and we could not tell his age, we were obliged to content ourselves with the single word, ’Heathcliff.’
I did not mind their skirmishes: but Hareton was often obliged to seek the kitchen also, when the master wanted to have the house to himself! and though in the beginning she either left it at his approach, or quietly joined in my occupations, and shunned remarking or addressing him — and though he was always as sullen and silent as possible — after a while, she changed her behaviour, and became incapable of letting him alone: talking at him; commenting on his stupidity and idleness;…
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He obliged her by listening attentively.
They looked at me expectantly and I was obliged to comment.