What quotes in Chapter 10 of "Wuthering Heights" suggest that Heathcliff's appearance is the opposite of his stated intentions?

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Heathcliff claims to have come for a short visit only, "just to have one glimpse of (Catherine's) face, a start of surprise, perhaps, and pretended pleasure", yet he tells Nelly that he will be staying nearby at Wuthering Heights.  Nelly is perturbed, "pondering...painfully...Is he turning out a bit of a hypocrite and coming into the country to work mischief under a cloak?"  Nelly has "a presentiment, in the bottom of (her) heart, that he had better have remained away".

Heathcliff is much changed, he has "grown...tall, athletic, well-formed...his upright carriage suggest(ing) the idea of his having been in the army, his countenance...much older in expression and decision of feature...intelligent...retain(ing) no marks of former degradation".  Although "a half-civilized ferocity lurk(s) yet in the depressed brows and eyes full of black fire...it (is) subdued, and his manner...even dignified, quite divested of roughness".  Despite the changes in Heathcliff's demeanor, however, there is a shameless and "undisguised delight" in his reaction to Catherine's proximity, even though she is now a married woman and her husband is present in the room (Chapter 10). 

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