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Timeline of Events

  • 1774

    Mr. Earnshaw brings Heathcliff to Wuthering Heights.

    Chapter 4
  • 1777

    Cathy and Heathcliff spy on the Lintons, and Cathy is bitten by a dog.

    Chapter 6
  • 1780

    Edgar proposes and Heathcliff runs away, causing Cathy's first illness.

    Chapter 9
  • 1783

    Cathy marries Edgar and Heathcliff returns to Wuthering Heights.

    Chapter 10
  • Ten months later

    Edgar and Heathcliff fight and Cathy becomes ill.

    Chapter 11
  • A few days later

    Isabella runs away and marries Heathcliff.

    Chapter 12
  • March 1784

    Cathy dies while giving birth to Catherine.

    Chapter 16
  • March 1800

    Catherine discovers Linton lives at Wuthering Heights.

    Chapter 21
  • August 1801

    Heathcliff forces Catherine to marry Linton while Edgar is dying.

    Chapter 27
  • Winter 1801

    Mr. Lockwood rents Thrushcross Grange and sees Cathy's ghost at Wuthering Heights.

    Chapter 3
  • September 1802

    Mr. Lockwood learns Heathcliff is dead and Catherine and Hareton plan to wed on New Year's Day.

    Chapter 34

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 In 1801 the narrator, Mr. Lockwood, describes his first visit to the Wuthering Heights estate located in the English cou... Read More
Chapter 2 Mr. Lockwood sets out across the moors toward Wuthering Heights, arriving just as it begins to snow. Finding the garden ... Read More
Chapter 3 Zillah, a servant at Wuthering Heights, leads Mr. Lockwood to a bedroom Heathcliff never allows anyone to sleep in. Mr. ... Read More
Chapter 4 Back at Thrushcross Grange, Mr. Lockwood finds out that Mrs. Dean, a servant, has lived there for eighteen years and kno... Read More
Chapter 5 Mr. Earnshaw has taken ill and now sleeps by the fire in the sitting area of Wuthering Heights. Dying has made him irrit... Read More
Chapter 6 Hindley returns from college for Mr. Earnshaw's funeral, surprising the family by bringing home a wife, Frances Earnshaw... Read More
Chapter 7 After spending five weeks at Thrushcross Grange with the Lintons, Cathy returns, transformed into a lady. Her meeting wi... Read More
Chapter 8 Mrs. Frances Earnshaw, wracked by consumption, gives birth to Hareton Earnshaw and dies shortly after in Hindley's arms.... Read More
Chapter 9 Hindley, in a drunken state, threatens Mrs. Dean with a knife and dangles Hareton over the stairs, claiming he will brea... Read More
Chapter 10 Since Mr. Lockwood is ill and will need bed rest until spring, he asks Mrs. Dean to distract him by telling him more abo... Read More
Chapter 11 One day, while walking out on the moors, Mrs. Dean sees the ghost of Hindley as a child. Terrified, she also feels "an i... Read More
Chapter 12 Cathy and Edgar have still not spoken since their fight over Heathcliff. Edgar continues to sulk in the library while Ca... Read More
Chapter 13 Cathy has recovered from the brain fever, but she will never be the same. Also, she and Edgar are expecting a baby. ... Read More
Chapter 14 Mrs. Dean visits Isabella at Wuthering Heights. Before she leaves she asks Edgar to send a letter, forgiving Isabella. E... Read More
Chapter 15 Mr. Lockwood has heard Mrs. Dean's story and is retelling it in a condensed version. When Edgar's at church, Mrs. ... Read More
Chapter 16 Cathy gives birth to Catherine prematurely and then dies, leaving Edgar without a male heir. Edgar sinks into mourning. ... Read More
Chapter 17 Isabella, who is pregnant, runs away from Wuthering Heights and shows up unexpectedly at Thrushcross Grange, where the h... Read More
Chapter 18 Twelve years later, Cathy's daughter, Catherine, is thirteen years old. Mrs. Dean describes her personality as soft, mil... Read More
Chapter 19 Isabella has died. Edgar returns with her and Heathcliff's child, Linton. Catherine, excited to meet her real cousin (st... Read More
Chapter 20 Linton is very unhappy the next morning when he finds out he has to live at Wuthering Heights. Isabella never spoke of H... Read More
Chapter 21 Mrs. Dean remembers a conversation she had in Gimmerton with Zillah, the servant at Wuthering Heights. Zillah tells Mrs.... Read More
Chapter 22 One day in October when clouds "boding abundant rain" roll in, Mrs. Dean and Catherine go for a walk on the moors. They ... Read More
Chapter 23 Catherine and Mrs. Dean cross the moors to visit Linton. The day before, Heathcliff told Catherine that Linton is dying ... Read More
Chapter 24 Michael, a servant who works in the stables, has been helping Catherine sneak out in exchange for books. Mrs. Dean catch... Read More
Chapter 25 In the present, Mrs. Dean encourages Mr. Lockwood to consider a romance with Catherine. Then she rewinds the story to a ... Read More
Chapter 26 Catherine sets out on her horse to meet Linton halfway between Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, but Linton is s... Read More
Chapter 27 Edgar Linton will die soon, and Catherine is always at his bedside. On the day she is supposed to meet Linton, she doesn... Read More
Chapter 28 Mrs. Dean, freed from imprisonment in Zillah's room, looks for Catherine. She finds out from Linton that Catherine is st... Read More
Chapter 29 The night after Edgar's funeral, Heathcliff comes to Thrushcross Grange to bring Catherine back to Wuthering Heights. He... Read More
Chapter 30 It is about six weeks after Mr. Lockwood rents Thrushcross Grange. Mrs. Dean hasn't seen Catherine since Heathcliff took... Read More
Chapter 31 Mr. Lockwood visits Wuthering Heights to tell Heathcliff he is going back to London. Carrying a little note for Catherin... Read More
Chapter 32 A hunting trip brings Mr. Lockwood near Gimmerton, so he decides to visit Wuthering Heights and pay the rest of his bill... Read More
Chapter 33 In the present, Mrs. Dean explains the events leading up to Heathcliff's death to Mr. Lockwood. One day, Catherine... Read More
Chapter 34 A strange illness overtakes Heathcliff and changes his personality. He is restless; he can't eat and he's unusually brig... Read More
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