The poor thing discovered her loss directly — she screamed out — ’Oh, he’s dead, Heathcliff! he’s dead!’
You must come home directly.
He attempted to touch the child, who, on finding himself with me, sobbed off his terror directly.
I’ll be back again directly.’
’Throw it,’ he replied, standing still, ’and then I’ll tell how you boasted that you would turn me out of doors as soon as he died, and see whether he will not turn you out directly.’
— I seed young Linton boath coming and going, and I seed YAH’ (directing his discourse to me), ’yah gooid fur nowt, slattenly witch! nip up and bolt into th’ house, t’ minute yah heard t’ maister’s horse-fit clatter up t’ road.’
Mr. Earnshaw snatched up the culprit directly and conveyed him to his chamber; where, doubtless, he administered a rough remedy to cool the fit of passion, for he appeared red and breathless.
I refused to go without Cathy; he dragged me into the garden, pushed the lantern into my hand, assured me that Mr. Earnshaw should be informed of my behaviour, and, bidding me march directly, secured the door again.
Earnshaw,’ I continued, ’directs me to wait on myself: I will.
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Direct me to her, as she won’t come to me!’
The master directed me to follow; I did, to her chamber-door: she hindered me from going further by securing it against me.
’If I were only sure it would kill him,’ she interrupted, ’I’d kill myself directly!
Directly after Joseph came up with Hareton, to put him to bed.
It struck me directly she must have started for Penistone Crags.
Next day it all came out, sadly to my chagrin; and still I was not altogether sorry: I thought the burden of directing and warning would be more efficiently borne by him than me.
She wouldn’t understand the hint, but followed me to a sideboard, where I went to lay my bonnet, and importuned me in a whisper to give her directly what I had brought.
But then he won’t go into danger of temptation: he never enters the parlour, and should Linton show those ways in the house where he is, he sends him up-stairs directly.’
’He shook me till my teeth rattled, and pitched me beside Joseph, who steadily concluded his supplications, and then rose, vowing he would set off for the Grange directly.
He went up the walk, and entered the house; but, instead of Hindley, Heathcliff appeared on the door-stones; and I turned directly and ran down the road as hard as ever I could race, making no halt till I gained the guide-post, and feeling as scared as if I had raised a goblin.
He did not hit the right room directly: she motioned me to admit him, but he found it out ere I could reach the door, and in a stride or two was at her side, and had her grasped in his arms.
And that was all he said on the subject: he did not make single inquiry further, or mention her in any way, except directing me to send what property she had in the house to her fresh home, wherever it was, when I knew it.
A more elastic footstep entered next; and now I opened my mouth for a ’good-morning,’ but closed it again, the salutation unachieved; for Hareton Earnshaw was performing his orison SOTTO VOCE, in a series of curses directed against every object he touched, while he rummaged a corner for a spade or shovel to dig through the drifts.
The sound of our informant’s voice directed him to the library; he entered and motioning him out, shut the door.
And he’ll soon do as I direct him, with some slight coaxing.
He advanced direct to us, seized Linton by the arm, and swung him off the seat.
And on their behalf he added that night a special prayer to the usual quarter-of-an-hour’s supplication before meat, and would have tacked another to the end of the grace, had not his young mistress broken in upon him with a hurried command that he must run down the road, and, wherever Heathcliff had rambled, find and make him re-enter directly!
’Direct me to her room immediately, or I’ll make you sing out sharply.’
I went in; Earnshaw was there also, but he quitted the room directly.
’Now,’ said he, with curbed ferocity, ’I’m getting angry and if you don’t command that paltry spirit of yours — DAMN you! get up directly!’
And she would have commenced the execution of her threat directly, but Linton was up in alarm for his dear self again.
Mrs. Dean was about to recommence, when I advanced; and recognising me directly, she jumped to her feet, crying — ’Why, bless you, Mr. Lockwood!
He spoke to none of us, ate very little, and went out directly afterwards, intimating that he should not return before evening.
I wanted to discover where he had been, but I did not like to ask directly.
Having rested awhile, I directed my servant to inquire the way to the village; and, with great fatigue to our beasts, we managed the distance in some three hours.
An instant they held asunder, and then how they met I hardly saw, but Catherine made a spring, and he caught her, and they were locked in an embrace from which I thought my mistress would never be released alive: in fact, to my eyes, she seemed directly insensible.
He saw I knew nought about it, and he told how a gentleman and lady had stopped to have a horse’s shoe fastened at a blacksmith’s shop, two miles out of Gimmerton, not very long after midnight! and how the blacksmith’s lass had got up to spy who they were: she knew them both directly.
’Now, darling,’ said Mr. Linton, addressing his daughter, as they halted at the bottom of the front steps: ’your cousin is not so strong or so merry as you are, and he has lost his mother, remember, a very short time since; therefore, don’t expect him to play and run about with you directly.
In my flight through the kitchen I bid Joseph speed to his master; I knocked over Hareton, who was hanging a litter of puppies from a chair-back in the doorway; and, blessed as a soul escaped from purgatory, I bounded, leaped, and flew down the steep road; then, quitting its windings, shot direct across the moor, rolling over banks, and wading through marshes: precipitating myself, in fact, towards the beacon-light of the Grange.
We heard him mount the stairs directly; he did not proceed to his ordinary chamber, but turned into that with the panelled bed: its window, as I mentioned before, is wide enough for anybody to get through; and it struck me that he plotted another midnight excursion, of which he had rather we had no suspicion.