Why does Linton blame young Catherine for his humiliation when Cathy returns to Wuthering Heights
I saw this in spark notes, Wuthering Heights, ch 24. Hareton is jealous of young Catherine and Linton's good time, so he interrupts her visit with Linton, bullying the weak young man and forcing him to go upstairs. In the later moment of contrition, he attempts to apologize for his behavior, but Catherine angrily ignores him and goes home. When she returns to Wuthering Heights a few days later, Linton blames her for his humiliation. She leaves, but she returns back two days later to tell him that she will never visit him again.
I just quote this from spark notes, but I think there is a mistake there. I don't understand why Linton wants to blame Cathy, for his humiliation. What humiliation?
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Hareton has shown Cathy that he can now read, but she is not as impressed as he thinks she should be. She tells him that she has come to see Linton, not he, and he likes Cathy, so he becomes enraged. He leaves, goes back to think about it, and becomes even angrier -- jealous. So he does interrupt Cathy's visit with Linton, and pushes Linton. The weak Linton freaks out, yelling at Cathy and Hareton, and is forced to be carried up to his room. Cathy fears that Hareton has killed Linton, and flees home. When she returns, she sees that Linton has recovered, but he is pouting. He tells her that it is HER fault that Hareton freaked out, and she is shocked:
But he would neither speak to me nor look at me, through a whole hour, Ellen: he has such an unhappy temper. And what quite confounded me, when he did open his mouth, it was to utter the falsehood that I had occasioned the uproar, and Hareton was not to blame!
I think he realizes that Hareton likes Cathy on some level. He probably thinks that if she had not been there and hurt Hareton's feelings, Hareton would not have freaked out like he did, so in a way, it IS her fault. Perhaps, although we don't know this, Hareton told Linton why he got so angry. Perhaps when Cathy returned home, Linton and Hareton had a little chat because it was Hareton that carried Linton up to his room.
In any case, Linton realizes that Cathy is angry and as long as he is going to blame her for something that she thinks is not her fault, the heck with him. She won't come back to visit him again. When he realizes this, though, he apologizes and she forgives him.
He was humiliated to have to be carried up to his room by Hareton in front of Catherine. He blames her for getting Hareton angry enough to yell at him and push him.
This is in Chapter 24. Read the text right here on eNotes and see if you agree.
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