Wuthering Heights

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Son of Hindley and Frances; husband of young Cathy. Hareton lives and works at Wuthering Heights, where his father ignores him and Heathcliff tolerates him; he is shy, rough, illiterate, hard-working, and neglected. By birth, he should be a gentleman, but his guardians purposely neglect his education. Underneath his gruffness is a smart, kind, and sensitive soul.

Hareton Earnshaw Quotes in Wuthering Heights

The Wuthering Heights quotes below are all either spoken by Hareton Earnshaw or refer to Hareton Earnshaw. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage edition of Wuthering Heights published in 2009.
Chapter 32 Quotes
The task was done, not free from further blunders; but the pupil claimed a reward, and received at least five kisses; which, however, he generously returned. Then they came to the door, and from their conversation I judged they were about to issue out and have a walk on the moors.
Related Characters: Mr. Lockwood (speaker), Catherine/Cathy Linton Heathcliff Earnshaw, Hareton Earnshaw
Page Number: 351
Explanation and Analysis:

Cathy has been taking care of Hareton while he recovers from a shooting accident, including teaching him to read. While previously Cathy has acted cruelly toward Hareton, making fun of his illiteracy, this part of the book represents a transformation in their relationship. (Indeed, the transformation is so total that at first Lockwood does not even recognize this "pupil" as Hareton, and only understands the situation once Nelly explains it to him.) The newly mature Cathy has seen that her previous behavior was unfair, and she and Hareton come to love each other in a way very unlike Catherine and Heathcliff's love; unlike the older generation, Cathy and Hareton's relationship is gentle, productive, and viable. There is, of course, still a major similarity between Cathy and Hareton's relationship and that of Catherine and Heathcliff, though: despite the stark differences between them, they are united by their love of the wild moors. 

In many ways, this union is possible because Cathy stops looking down on Hareton and comes to see him as her equal. At the same time, she nonetheless remains in an authoritative position as his teacher and caregiver, and her dominance subtly reverses the expected power dynamic between a man and woman. Note the similarity between the love born in this situation and the story of Jane Eyre, written by Emily Bronte's sister, Charlotte: in that novel, Mr. Rochester is at first cruel to Jane, but when he becomes blind and Jane has to care for him, they fall in love. 

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Hareton Earnshaw Character Timeline in Wuthering Heights

The timeline below shows where the character Hareton Earnshaw appears in Wuthering Heights. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...and sends the dogs after him. The dogs pin Lockwood down, which amuses Heathcliff and Hareton. Lockwood then gets a nosebleed and is forced to spend the night at Wuthering Heights.... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...Catherine Earnshaw and the previous tenant of Thrushcross Grange, Edgar Linton. Additionally, she says that Hareton is the last of the Earnshaws, a very old family. (full context)
Chapter 8
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Nelly continues her story: the following summer, Frances gives birth to a son, Hareton Earnshaw. But Frances dies just a week later—childbirth had aggravated a case of consumption that... (full context)
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...her to chaperone Catherine. Furious, Catherine slaps and pinches Nelly, and even shakes the crying Hareton. Edgar tries to step in, but Catherine boxes his ears. Shocked and defeated by Catherine's... (full context)
Chapter 9
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That night, Hindley grabs Hareton from Nelly in a rage, but then accidentally drops the baby over the bannister. Luckily,... (full context)
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...years later, Heathcliff has still not returned, and Edgar and Catherine get married. Nelly leaves Hareton with Hindley and Joseph at Wuthering Heights and moves to Thrushcross Grange. (full context)
Chapter 11
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...Heights as she is walking past on some other errand and encounters her former charge, Hareton, who curses and throws stones at her. Hareton tells her that it was Heathcliff who... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...Edgar to punish him for Catherine's illness, he'll take it out on Isabella instead. Hindley, Hareton, and Joseph treat her just as badly. Isabella also writes that Hindley is completely unhinged... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...Catherine, and Nelly goes to Wuthering Heights to look after the funeral and to bring Hareton back to the Grange. But Nelly is shocked to learn that Hindley died deeply in... (full context)
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Nelly then adds that Hareton, who should be the master of Wuthering Heights, now is forced to live as a... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...Nelly and the grounds of the Grange. She heads off toward Penistone Crags, but meets Hareton along the way and immediately likes him. The two spend the day playing together. (full context)
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...Heights. Cathy refuses to leave when Nelly tells her to, however—she wants to stay with Hareton. Cathy's interest in Hareton turn to contempt, though, when she learns from Nelly that Hareton... (full context)
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A servant of Wuthering Heights then reveals that Hareton is actually Cathy's cousin. Catherine denies it with the argument that her father has gone... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...ahead of Nelly, and when Nelly catches up she finds Catherine speaking with Heathcliff and Hareton. (full context)
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Catherine says that she thinks she's met Hareton before, and wonders if he's Heathcliff's son. Heathcliff says no, but that he does have... (full context)
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...weak that he can't even show Cathy around the house, so she goes off with Hareton instead. Heathcliff demands that Linton go after them. Before they move out of earshot, Nelly... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...to see Linton. In particular, Cathy tells Nelly of one trip to Wuthering Heights where Hareton stops her and proves to her that he could read the name "Hareton" written above... (full context)
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Furious, Hareton later barges in on Cathy's visit with Linton, and forces the weak, sniveling Linton to... (full context)
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...the Heights three days later, but immediately leaves when Linton blames her for the humiliation Hareton forced on him. Cathy returns two days later to tell Linton she has decided never... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...out of Wuthering Heights) and keeps Nelly locked in the room under the guard of Hareton. This continues for five days. (full context)
Chapter 30
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...herself until he died. After Linton's death, Cathy refuses to spend time with Zillah or Hareton (though she and Hareton do often argue). Nelly wishes Cathy could come live with her... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...decision to leave Thrushcross Grange. He also carries a letter to Cathy from Nelly, but Hareton intercepts it before he can give it to her. When Cathy starts to cry, Hareton... (full context)
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Lockwood also learns that Heathcliff has taken Cathy's books. Cathy adds that Hareton has gathered some of her favorite books and tries to read them, but she mocks... (full context)
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Heathcliff returns, and says as soon as he enters that Hareton bears such a striking resemblance to Catherine that it causes him physical and emotional pain... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...place. Soon after Nelly arrives, Cathy admits to her that she feel guilty for mocking Hareton. (full context)
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One day, Hareton accidentally shoots himself while working, and Cathy has to tend to him. At first they... (full context)
Chapter 33
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The morning after Cathy gives Hareton the book, she and Heathcliff get into an argument at breakfast over her inheritance. Hareton... (full context)
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That same night, he sees Cathy and Hareton sitting together, and they both remind him of Catherine. All of these reminders of Catherine... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Heathcliff is buried as he wanted, next to Catherine, while Cathy and Hareton are soon to be married and will move to Thrushcross Grange. (full context)