In the novel Wuthering Heights could you point me some of the parataxis and hypotaxis (sentences) in the first and second chapter?

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Much of Lockwood's description of Heathcliff and Wuthering Heights employs parataxis (non-subordinated clauses):

The apartment, and furniture would have been nothing extraordinary stubborn countenance, and stalwart limbs, set out to advantage in knee-breeches, and gaiters.    Such an individual, seated in his arm-chair, his mug of ale frothing on the round table before him, is to be seen in any circuit of five or six miles among these hills, ....  He is a dark skinned gipsy, in aspect, in dress, and manners, a gentleman, that is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire: rather slovenly, perhaps, yet not looking amiss, with his negligence, because he has an erect and handsome figure -- and rather morose -- possibly, some people might suspect him of a degree of under-bred pride -- I have a sympathetic chord within that tells me it is nothing of the sort; I know, by instinct, his reserve springs from an aversion to showy displays of feeling -- to manifestations of mutual kindliness.    He'll love and hate, equally under cover, and esteem it a species of impertinence, to be loved or hated again -- No, I'm running on too fast -- I bestow my own attributes over liberally on him.    Mr Heathcliff may have entirely dissimilar reasons for keeping his hand out of the way, when he meets a would-be acquaintance, to those which actuate me.    Let me hope my constitution is almost peculiar: my dear mother used to say I should never have a comfortable home, and only last summer, I proved myself perfectly unworthy of one.

Notice Lockwood says "No, I'm running on too fast -- I bestow my own attributes over liberally on him."  This is indicative of parataxis: the free association listing of items without coordination or subordination.

Hypotaxis, on the other hand, is more thoughtful and ordered:

On coming up from dinner, however, (N.B. I dine between twelve and one o'clock; the housekeeper, a matronly lady taken as a fixture along with the house, could not, or would not comprehend my request that I might be served at five.) On mounting the stairs with this lazy intention, and stepping into the room, I saw a servant-girl on her knees surrounded by brushes, and coal-scuttles; and raising an infernal dust as she extinguished the flames with heaps of cinders.    This spectacle drove me back immediately; I took my hat, and, after a four miles' walk, arrived at Heathcliff's garden gate just in time to escape the first feathery flakes of a snow shower.

Notice the subordinating and coordinating phrases and clauses: "and," "however," etc...  Here, there is spatial and temporal organization.

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