The romantic affair between Catherine, Heathcliff, and Edgar resulted in a marriage. It was based on the desire for social acceptance and high status. Catherine thought that Heathcliff could not satisfy her financial needs. Thus, she decides to marry Edgar Linton. Unlike Heathcliff, he is polite, cheerful, and rich. Edgar is Heathcliff’s antipode in the book.
Edgar Linton was youthful, pale, with golden hair and soft features. He was the complete opposite of gloomy and sinister Heathcliff. The character resembled a tender and loving Victorian thinker. Edgar lived with his sister Isabella at Thrushcross Grange.
Edgar and Catherine met each other for the first time in this mansion. At that time, she was still a child, and Linton’s dog bit her. The incident forced her to stay with the Lintons for five weeks until she healed. During this period, Catherine acquires a taste for courtesy and noble company. She used to be uncontrolled, and this change undermined her union with Heathcliff.
Edgar’s and Catherine’s marriage was successful in many aspects. She had some feelings for her husband. But no love could replace the memory of her first love. After all, he used to be her soulmate.
Catherine’s death devastated Edgar in two ways. First, he felt miserable about losing his wife. Second, he was furious because Catherine never mentioned him while dying.
Edgar’s delicateness, loyalty, and goodness did not ensure happiness. As the character was dying from sickness, Heathcliff performed his revenge plan. He took away Edgar’s daughter, sister, and Thrushcross Grange.