Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë | Family Tree & Episodes

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë is the perfect book for book lovers who want to discover all the fun of 19th-century gossip. This book is so full of drama, it’s one you will not want to miss.

Jenn from In Her Good Books Podcast has joined me as we discussed Wuthering Heights! Make sure to check out the episodes below. Also, don’t forget to give In Her Good Books a listen.

This book is filled with all the drama! It really feels like reading reality TV.

Summary of Wuthering Heights

Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before. What unfolds is the tale of the intense love between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class. As Heathcliff’s bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (Penguin Classics Edition)

Wuthering Heights Family Tree Graphic

Honestly, the Linton and Earnshaw Family Tree can get a little complicated, so I hope this graphic helps!

Here’s the gist for anyone who prefers text to figure out the family tree of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights:

Mr and Mrs Earnshaw have two kids, Hindley Earnshaw and Catherine Earnshaw. Mr. Earnshaw randomly shows up with Heathcliff one day, so he’s technically their adopted brother. Of the Linton family, only two of the kids are relevant for this story, and that is Edgar Linton and Isabella Linton.

When everyone grows up, Hindley Earnshaw marries Francis (who becomes Frances Earnshaw) and has Hareton Earnshaw; Catherine Earnshaw marries Edgar Linton and has Catherine Linton (aka Cathy Linton); and Isabella Linton marries Heathcliff and has Linton Heathcliff.

Now, here are some big spoilers, so if you haven’t read the story yet please skip this paragraph. Towards the end, to make the family tree more complicated, Catherine Linton (Cathy Linton)marries Linton Heathcliff, but then when Linton dies, she marries Hareton Earnshaw, both of which are her literal first cousins. I skipped this part of the family tree as it’s kind of super spoilers.

This story can be a bit difficult to follow as really loves to repeat names. So, you may hear me saying “Catherine jr.” and the like to make it a bit easier on myself.

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