Biblical Allusions

An Eye for an Eye

Mrs. Heathcliff tells Ellen Dean, in chapter 17, “On only one condition can I hope to forgive him [her husband]. It is, if I may take an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth; for every wrench of agony return a wrench: reduce him to my level.” The law of Moses demanded, for […]



MATTHEW 18 : 22-22 record an exchange between Peter and Jesus: “Then Peter came to Him and said, “’Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’”

The Lord’s Prayer


Jesus offers a model prayer for those who would follow and please Him, in contrast to the vain repetitions of the prayers of heathens (MATTHEW 6 : 7-8). Part of His example is to pray for God’s protection in MATTHEW 6 : 13, saying…


Tagged With: , - SONNET XX

The sonnet’s speaker asks his friend, Mr. Lawrence, to help him pass the time until the west wind re-inspires “The frozen earth, and clothe in fresh attire / The lily and rose, that neither sowed nor spun.”

Wise Virgins

Tagged With: - SONNET IX

In MATTHEW 25 : 1-13, Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to “ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom.” He described five as wise, who took oil as well as their lamps, but the other five were foolish because they took only their lamps and no oil.