Edgar Linton: a greater lover for Catherine in Wuthering Heights?
Many people criticize Edgar as weak, xenophobic, and soft; but he has his own stand, and his love is true and deep. Maybe he is the right one for Catherine?
In the book Wuthering Heights Edgar Linton loved Catherine deeply. He felt jealous of Heathcliff the first time he identified the level of Catherine's relationship with Heathcliff. However, he had been raised to be a poised gentleman. He fell in love with Catherine and was pleased to marry her.
Catherine hid her true feelings from Edgar for a long time. She toyed with Heathcliff while staying married to Edgar. Edgar put up with a lot and was unselfish in his desire to accommodate Catherine. He never forced her to stay but he did have her chose. Catherine is the one who could not let go of Heathcliff but promised herself to Edgar.
Catherine never told him that she had planned to leave Edgar for Heathcliff before she found out that she was pregnant. When Edgar's wife died he lost her to Heathcliff. He was also cursed with Heathcliff's need to have vengeance on him. Edgar had a child to raise and was a loving and good father. I did not find Edgar to be weak just civilized. Heathcliff represents the opposite end of the spectrum.
In terms of Catherine finding the right one, she was never meant to. The idea within the novel was for her to keep longing for Heathcliff. She is the moth drawn to the flame, which is Heathcliff. Flames burn things up, so had she actually been with him they would have had a tumultuous marriage. Edgar was drawn towards Catherine's flame and the outcome was a rough ride with her constantly battling her emotions over Heathcliff and Heathcliff's vendetta against Edgar.
Edgar is right for Catherine in the sense that he has all the things she wants from him, good looks, wealth, and status. Because of Edgars submissive demeanor it allows Catherine's, who has a very dominate personality as well as known for her mood swings, to get away with things. I guess you can say Isabella didn't have to feel like she compromised her feelings to much because whatever she wanted Edgar was willing to give it to her no matter what.