Compare between the opening chapters of the following novels: Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles", and Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"?

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Wuthering Heights is an extremely well-written and complexly structured novel. It is the only novel written by the Victorian writer, Emily Bronte besides her poems. It is also, considered highly original and deeply tragic. This novel is about the relation between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, the orphan boy brought to Wuthering Heights, and his tyrannical revenge excited on everybody for the rage and humiliation he suffers throughout his life. The novel is based on a group of flashbacks which are organized chronologically and told by a number of narrators using first person point of view. However, it has no authorial guidance to its meaning. The writer does not intrude in the narration to give any enlightenment about any character or event, nor does she comment on anything. We learn a lot about the nature, morals, and social class of each character indirectly through their narration and comments that begins from the first chapter.


I have just returned from a visit to my landlord - the solitary neighbor that I shall be troubled with."

From this quote of the first line of the novel, the writer makes her writing technique clear for the readers. First, the type of narration seems to be established in first person. Second, it raises readers' interest in the narrator's landlord. Third, they wonder about the significance of the date. This may imply that the novel will consist of flashbacks into the history of the house with its unfriendly tenants. Fourth, the first lines encourage the readers to identify with the narrator who is an ignorant outsider of the story - just as the readers. This element of mystery adds suspense to the novel, and promotes the readers to connect all events and characters, in order to reveal it. Fifth, the language structures used are simple...