What does young Catherine feel about Heathcliff when she first saw him? What about his relationship with Edgar?

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When Mr. Earnshaw brought Healthcliff home after finding him on the streets of Liverpool, both Catherine and Hindley despised him. They would not even let him in their rooms, although their father wanted them to have Heathcliff sleep with them:

They entirely refused to have it in bed with them, or even in their room;

In just a few days, however, Catherine and Heathcliff became chums.

Miss Cathy and he were now very thick; but Hindley hated him:

Catherine and Heathcliff grow up together and fall in love. One day, when they are at Thruscross Grange teasing Isabella and Edgar Linton, the dog Skulker bites Catherine and she is forced to stay with the Lintons to heal. When the Lintons see Heathcliff and his wild appearance, they refuse to let him stay with Catherine and send him home, where he tells Nelly what has happened to Catherine. From that point on, Edgar Linton treats Heathcliff with disdain whenever they run into each other. He considers Heathcliff vulgar, wild, beneath him and not worthy of his attention. As the young people grow up, these feelings intensify, especially when Catherine marries Edgar, even though she loves Heathcliff.

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