In "Wuthering Heights", what is Lockwood's relationship to Heathcliff?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Lockwood is renting Thrushcross Grange, which Heathcliff owns. Thus, their relationship is one of a landlord and his tenant. At the beginning of the novel, Lockwood has not met Heathcliff and decides to visit him at Wuthering Heights. It is this encounter which provides the basis for the rest of the story. Lockwood is treated so badly and experiences such unnatural events that he becomes curious about Heathcliff and the other people who inhabit Wuthering Heights. Lockwood returns to Thrushcross Grange and asks his servant, Nelly, to tell him the story. Nelly then reveals the strange history of both Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.

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Lockwood is no more than a tenant to Heathcliff renting Thrushcross Grange for the summer time.  In the first chapter of Wuthering Heights Lockwood talks about going and making the owner, Heathcliff, his acquaintance since he will be staying there.

‘Mr. Lockwood, your new tenant, sir. I do myself the honour of calling as soon as possible after my arrival, to express the hope that I have not inconvenienced you by my perseverance in soliciting the occupation of Thrushcross Grange: I heard yesterday you had had some thoughts—’ Chapter 1

The only reason Lockwood begins to learn things about Heathcliff is because he complained to Nelly and Nelly tells him about how Heathcliff became what he is today.

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