"My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods. Time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees-my love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath-a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff-he's always, always in my mind."pg. 84
Similes and metaphors are used in stories to create comparisons between two or more things. Catherine is a weary character. She is in a tangled love mess with Heathcliff, her childhood love, and Edgar Linton her husband. However, she is unsure of who is the right choice. In her case, Catherine compares her love. Catherine knows that time will change her feelings of Linton just as the wind blows the foliage. In that case, why does she marry him? She says that her and Heathcliff's love is like rocks. Rocks are sturday and non-changing, yet she does not "choose" him as her lover. Obviously Catherine has a greater love for Heathcliff made true in her comparison. There is more to the story to find out why she chose Linton and her reasoning on keeping with her decision though a weary one. Nelly, is a strongheaded woman. She acts like a mediator for Cathy and does nothing but listen and ask for deeper meaning. She plays along to Catherine's comparison.