How does Emily Bronte create a sense of mystery and fear in Chapter 3 of Wuthering Heights?Any comments about the narrative?

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There are many things that are said, seen or happen at the beginning of chapter 3 to create much mystery and fear. If the reader places himself in Zillah's shoes, the whole scene unfolds in quite a disturbing way. First, Zillah is told to hide the candle from the master signifying that the master must be a monster. Then, he's told that he's going into a room that isn't used anymore for some unknown reasons! Once in the room, there's no bed for comfort and he discovers books containing the owner's names with three different endings. Zillah must surely be wondering who the mysterious woman is and why her room is off limits. The stranger goes in and out of sleep, thinks he sees a ghost and the candle burns one of the book's corners! It's all a very dark and dreary scene that certainly produces more ambiguity than it does answers.

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