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Cathy Earnshaw (Character)
from Wuthering Heights (1939)

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Wuthering Heights (1939)
Cathy: Are you enjoying yourself, Heathcliff?
Heathcliff: I've had the pleasure of watching you.
Cathy: You're very grand, Heathcliff. So handsome. Looking at you tonight I could not help but remember how things used to be.
Heathcliff: They used to be better.
Cathy: Don't pretend life hasn't improved for you.
Heathcliff: Life has ended for me.
[they pause and look off the balcony in silence]
Heathcliff: How can you stand here beside me and pretend not to remember? Not to know that my heart is breaking for you? That your face is the wonderful light burning in all this darkness?
Cathy: Heathcliff, no. I forbid it.
Heathcliff: Do you forbid what your heart is saying to you now?
Cathy: It's saying nothing.
Heathcliff: I can hear it louder than the music. Oh, Cathy. Cathy.
Cathy: I'm not the Cathy that was. Can you understand that? I'm somebody else. I'm another man's wife, and he loves me. And I love him.
Heathcliff: If he loved you with all the power of his soul for a whole lifetime he couldn't love you as much as I do in a single day. Not he. Not the world. Not even you, Cathy, can come between us.
Cathy: Heathcliff, you must go away. You must leave this house and never come back to it. I never want to see your face again or listen to your voice again as long as I live.
Heathcliff: You lie! Why do you think I'm here tonight? Because you willed it. You willed me here across the sea.

Cathy: Heathcliff, make the world stop right here. Make everything stop and stand still and never move again. Make the moors never change and you and I never change.
Heathcliff: The moors and I will never change. Don't you, Cathy.
Cathy: I can't. I can't. No matter what I ever do or say, Heathcliff, this is me now; standing on this hill with you. This is me forever.

Cathy: Did Joseph see which way you came?
Heathcliff: What does it matter? Nothing's real down there. Our life is here.
Cathy: Yes, milord.

Cathy: It would be dreadful if Hindley ever found out.
Heathcliff: Found out what? That you talk to me once in a while?
Cathy: I shouldn't talk to you at all. Look at you! You get worse every day. Dirty and unkempt and in rags. Why aren't you a man? Heathcliff, why don't you run away?
Heathcliff: Run away? From you?
Cathy: You could come back to me rich and take me away. Why aren't you my prince like we said long ago? Why can't you rescue me, Heathcliff?
Heathcliff: Cathy, come with me now!
Cathy: Where?
Heathcliff: Anywhere!
Cathy: And live in haystacks and steal our food from the marketplaces? No, Heathcliff. That's not what I want.
Heathcliff: You just want to send me off. That won't do. I've stayed here and been beaten like a dog. Abused and cursed and driven man, but I stayed just to be near you. Even as a dog! And I'll stay till the end. I'll live and I'll die under this rock!

Cathy: Go on, Heathcliff. Run away. Bring me back the world.
Judge Linton: Pack this fellow off.
Heathcliff: I'm going. I'm going from here and from this cursed country both.
Judge Linton: Throw him out!
Heathcliff: But I'll be back in this house one day, Judge Linton and I'll pay you out. I'll bring this house down in ruins about your heads. That's my curse on you!
[spits on the floor]
Heathcliff: On all of you!

Cathy: You could come back to me rich and take me away. Why aren't you my prince like we said long ago? Why can't you rescue me Heathcliff?
Heathcliff: Cathy, come with me now.
Cathy: Where?
Heathcliff: Anywhere.
Cathy: And live in haystacks and steal our food from the marketplaces? No Heathcliff, that's not what I want.
Heathcliff: You just want to send me off. That won't do. I've stayed here and been beaten like a dog, abused and cursed and driven mad, but I stayed just to be near you, even as a dog. And I'll stay 'til the end. I'll live and I'll die under this rock.

Cathy: He seems to take pleasure in being mean and brutal. And yet, he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. And Linton's is as different as frost from fire... Ellen, I AM Heathcliff.
[thunderbolt]
Cathy: Everything he's suffered, I've suffered. The little happiness he's ever known, I've had too. Oh, Ellen, if everything in the world died and Heathcliff remained, life would still be full for me.

Heathcliff: My tears don't love you, Cathy. They blight and curse and damn you!
Cathy: Heathcliff, don't break my heart.
Heathcliff: Oh Cathy, I never broke your heart. You broke it!

Cathy: I told you, Ellen. When he went away that night in the rain, I told you I belonged to him, that he was my life, my being.

[Scene at 37:08]
Ellen: Oh, you're lovely, Miss Cathy. Lovely.
Cathy: That's a very silly lie. I'm not lovely. What I am is very brilliant. I have a wonderful brain.
Ellen: Indeed.
Cathy: It enables me to be superior to myself. There's nothing to be gained by just looking pretty like Isabella. Every beauty mark must conceal a thought and every curl be full of humor as well as brilliantine.

Cathy: No matter what I ever do or say, Heathcliff, this is me - now - standing on this hill with you. This is me, forever.

Cathy, as a child: Oh, it's a wonderful castle! Heathcliff, let's never leave it.
Heathcliff, as a child: Never in our lives! Let all the world confess, that there is not in all the world a more beautiful damsel than the Princess Catherine of Yorkshire.
Cathy, as a child: But I - I'm still your slave.
Heathcliff, as a child: No, Cathy. I now make you my queen. Whatever happens out there, here you will always be my queen.


Wuthering Heights (1970)
Heathcliff: I swear never to leave you.
Cathy Earnshaw: Or this place.
Heathcliff: Or this place. Unless you turn against me.
Cathy Earnshaw: And I swear always to be your friend, and to love no other as you as long as I live. May we both be buried alive under the black rocks of Penistone Crag if we ever break this vow. Now kiss me.

Cathy Earnshaw: Nobody can marry Heathcliff. I mean, he's a wild animal.

Cathy Earnshaw: Nellie, I don't just love Heathcliff, I am Heathcliff. All my thoughts, all my actions, are for him. He's my only reason for living.

Cathy Earnshaw: Three years you've been away, and you've never even thought of me.
Heathcliff: A little more than you have thought of me.
Cathy Earnshaw: You're cruel.
Heathcliff: I've fought through a bitter life since I last heard your voice. And you must forgive me, but I struggled only for you.

Cathy Earnshaw: Why did you come back?
Heathcliff: To settle up with Hindley.
Heathcliff: And maybe Edgar too.
Cathy Earnshaw: Why do you hate Edgar?
Heathcliff: Because he married you.

Cathy Earnshaw: [to Isabella] Heathcliff, kind? He'd crush you like a sparrow's egg.

Cathy Earnshaw: When I'm dead, I think I'll come and haunt you.

Edgar Linton: If you're not out of this house in three minutes, I intend to throw you out.
Heathcliff: Edgar, you're not worth the trouble of knocking down.
Edgar Linton: All right, Nellie, get the men.
Cathy Earnshaw: If you can't throw him out yourself, apologize, or take a beating.


Wuthering Heights (1992)
Cathy Linton: It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now.

Cathy Linton: My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff is the eternal rock beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I AM Heathcliff!

Cathy Linton: If I've done wrong I'm dying for it.

Cathy Linton: You left me, too, but I forgive you. Forgive me.
Heathcliff: It's so hard... to forgive alone, it's a lie. Yes, I forgive what you've done to me. I love my murderer. But yours... how can I?


Wuthering Heights (2011)
[last lines]
Young Cathy: I am Heathcliff.

Older Cathy: You and Edgar broke my heart. You've killed me... Will you be happy when I am in the earth? Will you forget me?
Older Heathcliff: Don't torture me! I've not killed you. I could no more forget you than myself. When you're at peace, I shall be in hell.
Older Cathy: I will never be at peace.