Wuthering Heights (preface) - 'harrow the valleys', 'laughs at the multitude of the city'

shiness

Senior Member
Korean, South Korea.
. . . . .there comes a time when it will no longer consent to 'harrow the valleys, or be bound with a band in the furrow ' - when it 'laughs at the multitude of the city,and regards not the crying of the driver' - when, refusing absolutely to make ropes out of seasand any longer, it sets to work on statue-hewing, and you have a Pluto or a Jove, . . . . .
-From Editor's Preface in Wuthering Heights-



Hi.

the entire quote is in complete dark for me here. Particularly words in (') are without any clue to make me understand them.

Would anyone help me as to have a sense to possibly make it out?
 
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    "It" is creativity.
    Job 39:10
    Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?
    Will the wild ox consent to serve you?
    ... Can you hold him to the furrow with a harness?
    Will he till the valleys behind you?

    Job 39:7
    He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.
    He laughs at the commotion in the town;
    he does not hear a driver's shout.

    These sections are from the King James Bible.
    Alternative modern translations copied below.
     
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