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Isabella has died. Edgar returns with her and Heathcliff's child, Linton. Catherine, excited to meet her real cousin (still upset at finding out Hareton, a servant, is her cousin) encounters Edgar and Linton on the road. Linton is a physically weak and peevish child used to pampering. He refuses to exit the carriage. Then, when he is in the house, he is too delicate to sit on a chair but must recline on a sofa.
Mrs. Dean and Edgar worry that Heathcliff will want to take Linton. That very same night, Joseph knocks on the door, demanding to take Linton to Wuthering Heights. Edgar wants to fulfill Isabella's dying wishes, but he cannot think of a way to keep Linton. Joseph and Edgar argue, but Edgar tells Joseph he will send Linton tomorrow.
This chapter satisfies the reader's curiosity about what Heathcliff's son may be like, and it establishes Linton's character as sickly and difficult. Unfortunately, Linton's fate will bring him immediately to Wuthering Heights, a place the reader and Mrs. Dean know will not be conducive to a happy childhood. Heathcliff's son, having none of his strength or physical traits, and resembling a Linton, and named Linton—a hated name to Heathcliff—complicates the plot and allows Heathcliff to continue to be an antihero. The reader may wonder what the outcome would have been had Linton been more like Heathcliff. It is impossible to know. Linton being the character he is will serve to fuel Heathcliff's anger, desire for revenge, and despair over Cathy's death.