I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth.-Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Mona's Musings

May 28th, 2011

The ‘Wuthering Heights’ of Scotland’s Moors

In our drive today through the Highlands, I imagined passionate, tumultuous
Wuthering Heights and found its mysterious, moody setting to be
the most romantic landscape I have seen in Europe…

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“This is nothing,’ cried she: ‘I was only going to say that heaven did not seem to be my home; and I broke my heart with weeping to come back to earth; and the angels were so angry that they flung me out into the middle of the heath on the top of Wuthering Heights; where I woke sobbing for joy.”

“My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods; time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath–a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind–not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.

“… I cannot express it; but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is or should be an existence of yours beyond you. What were the use of my creation, if I were entirely contained here? My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff’s miseries, and I watched and felt each from the beginning: my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it.”

“… for what is not connected with her to me? and what does not recall her? I cannot look down to this floor, but her features are shaped in the flags! In every cloud, in every tree—filling the air at night, and caught by glimpses in every object by day—I am surrounded with her image! The most ordinary faces of men and women—my own features—mock me with a resemblance. The entire world is a dreadful collection of memoranda that she did exist, and that I have lost her!”

“But the country folks, if you asked them, would swear on their Bible that he walks. There are those who speak to having met him near the church, and on the moor, and even within this house. Idle tales, you’ll say, and so say I. Yet that old man by the kitchen fire affirms he has seen two of ’em looking out of his chamber window, on every rainy night since his death.”

“I sought, and soon discovered, the three headstones on the slope next to the moor…I lingered round them, under that benign sky: watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells, listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass, and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.”

Wuthering Heights by Emily Jane Bronte
Photography by Mona

More literary romance at
The Remains of a Day in the English Countryside
Let Me Recommend Bath to You

Hint of Romance

Every romance plays out against its own dramatic backdrop.

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Discussion

  1. Grant Zabriskie says:

    Holy cow those pictures are beautiful! Amazing!

  2. Hannah Z says:

    WOW! WOW! WOW! You are right!!!!! Scotland is SPECTACULAR! Beautiful shots and countryside! Amazing! I must ask Kenneth to take me there. I also LOVE the quotes from Wuthering Heights! ALL of them! I especially love the one: “I am Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind–not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.” It is TRUE!! Though we wait to be completely tied together, I can already feel that bond with my sweetheart that is indescribable. I am not whole when he and I are not together. I feel like my very fiber is incomplete when I am not near him. Love truly does make the world go round, because to me, my world would not go around without the love, support, and presence of my sweetheart.

    And yes! Every romance plays out against its own dramatic backdrop. Every true romance has its own story and background that is important to the romancers. But one thing is the same for everyone: love. It is the essential element in our lives.

    Yay for Scotland and love! :)

  3. Heidi Ashworth says:

    One day my lover and I will make it to Scotland (and Ireland and Wales) but your photos are a bit of a stave in the meantime.

  4. Pattyann says:

    Wow, these are simply beautiful and make me wish that I could be there to see. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Oh! You are such a romantic! How I love that! Gorgeous pics!

  6. Heidi says:

    What beautiful pictures! I’ll admit that I’ve never been much of a fan of the story of “Wuthering Heights,” thus I never read the book. But these pictures definitely evoke the romance in the story.

  7. Bri Z says:

    Not a big fan of Wuthering Heights or the romance in it either, but the pictures are indeed lovely, within the context of the novel, perhaps hauntingly/ sublimely so.

  8. Lora Caine says:

    Hi Mona!!
    Those pictures are beautiful! Where did you take them? I’ll be there in Scotland the end of July. I can’t wait. I’ve gone on Google to get street pictures and Google earth to get a sense of terrain but actual pictures show much more beauty. It will be great to see the real thing.

    By the way, tell Hannah, “Congratulations” on her betrothal! Good planning days ahead. Maybe I’ll see you here in Washington before I leave for the U.K.–got tips?

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