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The same point is underscored by the way she handles journeys outside the localities of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. Old Mr Earnshaw, Hindley, Heathcliff, Isabella, and Edgar Linton, all go away at one point or another in the story. Old Mr Earnshaw and Edgar Linton give brief accounts of their journeys - to Liverpool and somewhere 'in the south' respectively - on their return; but theirs are brief journeys of a few days and three weeks respectively. Hindley, on the other hand, lives away from the area for an indefinite amount of time while at college, and returns with a wife; Heathcliff disappears for three crucial years; and Isabella goes to live the rest of her life 'in the south', staying there for twelve years and dying there.
Her presence was with me; it remained while I re-filled the grave, and led me home. You may laugh, if you will, but I was sure I should see her there. I was sure she was with me, and I could not help talking to her. 'Having reached the Heights, I rushed eagerly to the door. It was fastened; and, I remember, that accursed Earnshaw and my wife opposed my entrance. I remember stopping to kick the breath out of him, and then hurrying upstairs, to my room, and hers - I looked round impatiently- I felt her by me - I could almost see her, and yet I could not!
All quotations are from p. 48). It is startling that the same combination of self-torture, cruelty and possessiveness marks Isabella's exit from the story, when she wishes to 'take an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, for every wrench of agony, return a wrench, reduce him to my level' (p. 179). In the case of Isabella, the disturbing mix of her personality in Chapter 17 (Vol. 2, Chapter 3) includes hints of sado-masochism as she attempts to torture Heathcliff and attract his violence towards herself.