I have just returned from a visit to my landlord, the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with. This is certainly a beautiful country – in all England I do not believe that I could have fixed on a situation so completely removed from the stir of society. A perfect misanthropists heaven, and Mr Heathcliff and I are such a suitable pair to divide the desolation between us.
A capital fellow, he little imagined how my heart warmed towards him when I beheld his black eyes withdraw so suspiciously under their brows, as I rode up, and when his finger sheltered themselves with a jealous resolution still further in his waistcoat as I announced my name.
‘Mr Heathcliff’ I said. A nod was the answer.
‘Mr Lockwood, your new tenant sir. I do myself the honour of calling as soon as possible after my arrival to express the hope that I have not inconvenienced you by my perseverance in soliciting the occupation of Thrushcross Grange. I heard yesterday you had had some thoughts’.
‘Thrushcross Grange is my own, sir’ he interrupted, wincing. ‘I should not allow any one to inconvenience me if I could hinder it. Walk in.’ The ‘walk in’ was uttered with closed teeth and expressed the sentiment go to the deuce. Even the gate over which he leant manifested no sympathizing movement to the words, and I think that circumstance determined me to accept the invitation. I felt interested in a man who seemed more exaggeratedly reserved than myself.