Parents: Cathy Earnshaw and Edgar Linton
Poor Edgar Linton is not the type to be dude-watched by either Charlotte or Emily. He's not passionate, mysterious, or brooding. Or—from Anne's reasonable perspective—he's not an alcoholic or a jerky dirtbag.
This is a story of a love so intense it breeds destruction and malice. It is also a story of unending revenge. Most of the conflicts that arise are rooted in the passion between Heathcliff and Catherine. The destruction their love creates bleeds into the lives of the other characters. It is told through the voice of an internal narrator, Nelly Dean who worked for all four masters; Mr Earnshaw Senior, his son Hindley, Edgar Linton and Heathcliff. We are first thrown into scenes that do not offer much explanation about the characters and the temporal manipulation by the author explains everything that raises questions at the beginning of the story. A slight weakness would be in how a servant could have been able to capture as much detail as she gives in the narration. However, the rhythm of her narration reflects Brontë’s ability to knit a story in a coherent manner, never losing its audience.
Despite this naivety there is much to admire in the character of Edgar Linton. Much of this is associated with his civilised living, gentle nature and pleasant manner. His devotion to Catherine during her illness is an admirable aspect of his character. His love and devotion to her is beyond question. His willingness to take responsibilityfor young Linton after Isabella's death shows his generous nature particularly as Heathcliff, who he abhors, is the boy's father. He is willing to allow Cathy marry Linton if it would allow her to be consoled after his own death. Her chance of possible happiness is more important to him than Heathcliff gaining control of Linton. Edgar, like Heathcliff, is affected by Catherine's death and looks forward to a reunion with her after his own death, however the intervening 17 years for Edgar are marked by resignation rather than torment as was the case with Heathcliff. The sister of Edgar Linton, mother of Linton Heathcliff and friend of Cathy Earnshaw, Isabella Linton develops an attraction to Heathcliff that leads to marriage. Heathcliff's outlook on life as a young boy contrasts sharply with the hardened, stoic worldview he will adopt later in life. In a rare moment of emotional earnestness, Heathcliff admits that he envies Edgar Linton. Some of the reasons for this envy are not surprising--like many characters in Victorian novels, Heathcliff aspires to be improve his financial situation. However, his desire for 'light hair and a fair skin' suggests a veiled critique of English attitudes toward foreigners. Heathcliff's origins are uncertain, but people often call him a "gipsy," which suggests he has Eastern European features. This would have prevented him from moving up in society at this time, even if he did amass as much wealth as Edgar Linton (as indeed he does later in the novel). Although Heathcliff descends into amorality as he gets older, Brontë suggests that this is not entirely his fault--his rejection from society contributed to this outcome as much Heathcliff's own choices. The daughter of Mr. Earnshaw and younger sister of Hindley, Cathy Earnshaw becomes a close companion of Heathcliff when he comes to live at Wuthering Heights. After convalescing at the Linton home, Cathy falls for Edgar Linton and later marries him.