What better side of the young Mrs. Heathcliff's personality is shown in Chapter II of Wuthering Heights?The young Mrs. Heathcliff seems very bitter and simply rude, but apparently she shows...

What better side of the young Mrs. Heathcliff's personality is shown in Chapter II of Wuthering Heights?

The young Mrs. Heathcliff seems very bitter and simply rude, but apparently she shows "another side" of her personality that is better. Can you explain how a better side of her is shown?

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Near the end of Chapter Two of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Mr. Lockwood has entreats the master of the miserable house to provide him with a guide to show him the way back since the weather is so inclement that he cannot find it on his own.  However, he is met with rudeness and he is told that there is no one to be his guide.  Then, Mr. Lockwood insists that he has not intended for Mrs. Heathcliff to actually show him the way; he merely needs someone to direct him.  When she refuses, Lockwood states that he simply must stay the night.  But, Heathcliff says there are no beds and, if he stays, he must share a bed with Hareton or Joseph.  So, Lockwood offers to sleep on a chair, but Heathcliff rudely declares that he will not allow someone in the house to be unsupervised.

Finally, in disgust at having been so insulted, Mr. Lockwood rushes outside and bumps into Hareton Earnshaw who engages in more "civil behavior" with Heathcliff.  Hareton says that he will accompany Lockwood as far as the park; Heathcliff refuses him, saying he must attend to the horses.  Then, Lockwood narrates,

“Then I hope his ghost will haunt you; and I hope Mr. Heathcliff will never get another tenant till the Grange is a ruin,” she answered, sharply.

These words uttered by Mrs. Heathcliff indicate that she has some concern for the welfare of Mr. Lockwood.  For, she implies that if Hareton or Heathcliff will not assist Lockwood, the tenant will die.  Apparently, she does not want the man's death upon her conscience.

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