11 Isabella escapes
1784 That Friday evening the wind changed, and brought first rain, then snow. Next morning the spring flowers were all hidden under deep snow. Mr Edgar stayed in his room. I was in the sitting-room with the baby, when I was surprised to hear a girl's voice behind me. I turned round, and saw it was Isabella Heathcliff. I was quite shocked by her appearance. Her hair was loose
, and wet with snow and rain. She wore a light silk dress and thin shoes, which did not seem at all suitable for a long walk in the snow. Under her ear was a deep wound, which was bleeding. Her face was scratched
and bruised, and she looked very tired. I could see that she was expecting a baby.
eg: Loose sweaters are very fashionable.
eg: Blood trickled from the wound.
'I've run all the way here from Wuthering Heights,' she said, gasping
for breath. 'I couldn't count how many times I've fallen down! Ellen, please ask a maid to find some dry clothes for me, and then I'll go on to the village. I'm not stay- ing here.'
解析：短语gasp for breath 上气不接下气、呼吸十分困难
eg: He told us the news, gasping for breath.
'First, my dear young lady,' I told her, 'you'll get warm and dry, and I'll put a bandage
on that wound. Then we'll have some tea. 'She was so exhausted that she let me help her without protesting, and finally we sat down together near the fire with our cups of tea.
eg: The nurse had disinfected the wound before she bandaged it.
'Oh, Ellen,' she said, 'I cried bitterly when I heard of Catherine's death, you know. And Heathcliff is desperately sad! But I can't feel sorry for him. This is the last thing of his I've got,' and she took off her gold wedding-ring and threw it in the fire. 'I'll never go back to him. But I can't stay here, in case he comes to find me. And anyway I don't want to beg for Edgar's help, or make trouble for him. To escape from Heathcliff I must go a long way away. How could Catherine have liked him, Ellen? I wish he would die, and then I could forget him completely!'
解析：in case 如果、万一、假使；免得、以防
eg: In case you need help, please call me.
'Don't say that,' I protested
, 'he's a human being. There are worse men than him in the world!'