Illustration of a tree on a hill with a women's head in the background

Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë

Start Free Trial

Why was Hindley send to college in Wuthering Heights?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

It is in Chapter Five of this novel that we can find the answer to this question. As the health of Mr. Earnshaw begins to fail and the animosity between Hindley and Heathcliff becomes ever more evident, the curate of the parish is able to step in and make a suggestion to Mr. Earnshaw regarding the future of his son and heir that would help achieve harmony in the house through his absence:

At last, our curate... advised that the young man should be sent to college; and Mr. Earnshaw agreed, though with a heavy spirit, for he said--"Hindley was nought, and would never thrive as where he wandered."

Note the way in which Mr. Earnshaw seems to have quite an accurate, if not slightly depressing, impression of his son, recognising the limitations of his character and also foreshadowing Hindley's later decline into drink and dissipation. Thus it is the curate who recommends that Hindley goes to college, and it is Mr. Earnshaw who sends him there even though he has his doubts of the benefit of such an education for Hindley.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team