Emily Brontë quote about roughness from Wuthering Heights - He's not a rough diamond—a pearl-containing oyster of a rustic: he's a fierce, pitiless, wolfish man.
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He's not a rough diamond—a pearl-containing oyster of a rustic: he's a fierce, pitiless, wolfish man.
 Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847). copy citation

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Author Emily Brontë
Source Wuthering Heights
Topic roughness cruelty diamond
Date 1847
Language English
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“It is deplorable ignorance of his character, child, and nothing else, which makes that dream enter your head. Pray, don't imagine that he conceals depths of benevolence and affection beneath a stern exterior! He's not a rough diamond—a pearl-containing oyster of a rustic: he's a fierce, pitiless, wolfish man. I never say to him, «Let this or that enemy alone, because it would be ungenerous or cruel to harm them;» I say, «Let them alone, because I should hate them to be wronged:» and he'd crush you like a sparrow's egg, Isabella, if he found you a troublesome charge.” source

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