Joseph was an elderly, nay, an old man: very old, perhaps, though hale and sinewy. 'The Lord help us!' he soliloquised in an undertone of peevish displeasure, while relieving me of my horse: looking, meantime, in my face so sourly that I charitably conjectured he must have need of divine aid to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent.


Wuthering Heights is the name of Mr. Heathcliff's dwelling. 'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather. Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed: one may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house; and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun. Happily, the architect had foresight to build it strong: the narrow windows are deeply set in the wall, and the corners defended with large jutting stones.


Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door; above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins and shameless little boys, I detected the date '1500,' and the name 'Hareton Earnshaw.' I would have made a few comments, and requested a short history of the place from the surly owner; but his attitude at the door appeared to demand my speedy entrance, or complete departure, and I had no desire to aggravate his impatience previous to inspecting the penetralium.


One step brought us into the family sitting-room, without any introductory lobby or passage: they call it here 'the house' pre- eminently. It includes kitchen and parlour, generally; but I believe at Wuthering Heights the kitchen is forced to retreat altogether into another quarter: at least I distinguished a chatter of tongues, and a clatter of culinary utensils, deep within; and I observed no signs of roasting, boiling, or baking, about the huge fireplace; nor any glitter of copper saucepans and tin cullenders on the walls. One end, indeed, reflected splendidly both light and heat from ranks of immense pewter dishes, interspersed with silver jugs and tankards, towering row after row, on a vast oak dresser, to the very roof. The latter had never been under-drawn: its entire anatomy lay bare to an inquiring eye, except where a frame of wood laden with oatcakes and clusters of legs of beef, mutton, and ham, concealed it. Above the chimney were sundry villainous old guns, and a couple of horse-pistols: and, by way of ornament, three gaudily-painted canisters disposed along its ledge. The floor was of smooth, white stone; the chairs, high-backed, primitive structures, painted green: one or two heavy black ones lurking in the shade. In an arch under the dresser reposed a huge, liver-coloured bitch pointer, surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies; and other dogs haunted other recesses.

一步就跨进到了起居室,没有会客室或是走道,这就是他们所谓的典型的“屋子”,通常包括厨房和起居室(parlour: (old-fashioned) a room in a private house for sitting in, entertaining visitors, etc.)。但是我认为,在呼啸山庄,厨房已经被被挤到另一个角落里去了。至少在尽里头,我听见了火苗劈劈啪啪的声音,还有厨房用具的碰撞声;然而在那个巨大的壁炉上,我并没有发现任何烤、煮或烘焙的迹象;也没有在墙上发现闪亮的铜制炖锅和锡制滤勺。另一头,巨大的橡木橱柜里陈列着极好的锡镴餐具,一摞一摞的都到橱顶了,折射出了非常壮观的光和热量,其间点缀着银制的水壶和酒杯。橱柜的顶没有封起来,木架结构清晰可见,让人觉得非常奇怪。风干了的燕麦饼,牛肉,羊肉还有火腿都直接挂在上面,也就遮掩了裸露出来的木头。烟囱上挂着各式各样的锈了的老式枪,以及一对马上用的大型短枪。为了起到装饰作用,三个涂得很俗气得罐子,陈列在壁架上。地板是平滑的白色石头。椅子,是高背椅,结构粗糙,被漆成了绿色,还有一两把深黑色的隐藏在阴影里。在橱柜的拱门下面,睡着一只巨大的,深褐色的母猎狗,身边围着一群嗷嗷待哺的小狗仔,其他的狗则隐藏在别处。