Which phrase modifies which other phrase? (Wuthering Heights

< Previous | Next >

OED Loves Me Not

Senior Member
Japanese - Osaka
Good evening again, my fellow language lovers of the world!

My question: Which phrase modifies which other phrase
in the highlighted part (displayed in Gothics)
of the text shown below? Could anybody please
paraphrase the highlighted part? I don't understand
what construction the first half of the sentence has.

By the way, the text comes with three different punctuation
patterns, as far as I know, depending on the version.
So I'm quoting the same text in those three versions:

(1) Project Gutenberg and A Norton Critical Edition (p.70)

From Mr. Earnshaw and his companions she kept aloof;
and tutored by Kenneth, and serious threats of a fit
that often attended her rages,

her brother allowed her whatever she pleased to demand,
and generally avoided aggravating her fiery temper.
("Wuthering Heights," toward the end of Chapter 9)
(2) Penguin Books version (p.89)

From Mr. Earnshaw, and his companions, she kept aloof,
and tutored by Kenneth, and serious threats of a fit
that often attended her rages,

her brother allowed her whatever she pleased to demand,
and generally avoided aggravating her fiery temper.
(3) Everymam's Library version (p.101)

From Mr. Earnshaw, and his companions she kept aloof,
and tutored by Kenneth, and serious threats of a fit
that often attended her rages,

her brother allowed her whatever she pleased to demand,
and generally avoided aggravating her fiery temper.

 
  • se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    She kept aloof from Mr Earnshaw etc.
    Her brother learnt from Kenneth, and from her rages, which were so bad that they threatened to become medical emergencies (fits).
    So her brother allowed her ...
     
    < Previous | Next >
    Top