Following the tumultuous climatic events of Chapter 17, Nelly spends the next twelve years tranquilly raising Cathy. The child is a beauty, with her mother’s dark eyes and her father’s fair skin, delicate features, and golden hair. Like her mother, she is high-spirited, but lacking Catherine’s wild nature. In her ability to form close attachments, she reminds Nelly of Catherine, but the child is gentle and thoughtful, like Edgar. Nelly does admit that Cathy is overindulged by Edgar and the servants, and so has a “propensity to be saucy” and...
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