I exclaimed, assuming the cheerful; ’and I fear I shall be weather-bound for half an hour, if you can afford me shelter during that space.’
In a few seconds she stretched herself out stiff, and turned up her eyes, while her cheeks, at once blanched and livid, assumed the aspect of death.
I fancied it could not be very prejudicial to Mrs. Linton; unless she made it so afterwards, by assuming the defensive for her guest.
He looked astonished at the expression my face assumed during a brief second: it was not horror, it was covetousness.
’Noa!’ said Joseph, giving a thud with his prop on the floor, and assuming an authoritative air.
’Get up, you idle boy!’ he exclaimed, with assumed heartiness.
Her hope was that Linton might be left with him, as he had been with her: his father, she would fain convince herself, had no desire to assume the burden of his maintenance or education.
Then he drew his hand over his eyes, stood a moment to collect himself apparently, and turning anew to Catherine, said, with assumed calmness — ’You must learn to avoid putting me in a passion, or I shall really murder you some time!
He didn’t cast a glance towards my companions, though they were sufficiently near for Linton’s sobs to be audible; but hailing me in the almost hearty tone he assumed to none besides, and the sincerity of which I couldn’t avoid doubting, he said — ’It is something to see you so near to my house, Nelly.
’ "But then," I continued, holding myself ready to flee, "if poor Catherine had trusted you, and assumed the ridiculous, contemptible, degrading title of Mrs. Heathcliff, she would soon have presented a similar picture!