This scene from MASTERPIECE’S 2009 adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights reveals Heathcliff’s nature: romantic and rebellious. Mr. Earnshaw offers to buy Heathcliff—the orphan he adopted—a thoroughbred horse. (He has already given his daughter Cathy a pretty silver locket.) Instead, Heathcliff chooses a beautiful white horse, which he easily tames, much to the delight of father and daughter. Heathcliff then spontaneously and magnanimously offers the horse to Catherine—he already understands that Catherine has her own “wild” nature. The two young people ride off together, reveling in their freedom.
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