Bronte is a good reminder to consider ignoring all verboten writing cliches. She shows you that if you can really pull it off, with buckle and swash and verve and sass--do it. Emily Bronte does not adhere to the 'show don't tell' sacred precept of writing. She tells it all. "...he is more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." Cathy does not shy away from the grand proclamation. She does not hedge round it, evoking desperate love through half suggested thought and the implications of a small scale action. She dives in and swims across the sea. Their devotion is messy, incongruent, fragmented, difficult and ultimately doomed. Her commitment lives in her words and not her actions--another broken writing principle. Characters are usually deciphered through action but again, Bronte shows us her passion driven hand through words. But what fantastic words.
Heathcliff, although he does a great deal of mumbling, grouching, stomping and rushing out of doors to go running through the rain on the Serengeti plain, finally makes his great statement of undiluted passion. And it is so worth it when he does: "You say I killed you--haunt me then! They say the murdered do haunt their murderers.... Be with me always--take any form--drive me mad! Only don't leave me alone in this abyss where I cannot find you!" I suppose shouting this at her dead body is showing as well as telling so Heathcliff does a bit of both. It is interesting that we most enjoy when the goldenest golden writing rules get snapped straight through. Bronte even uses exclamation points--a cardinal no no. But it works. I do not think you can invite someone to drive you mad without an exclamation point.
To try and capture the enormous raw emotion in the flattened real estate of the Roman alphabet is a dicey business. You have to be able to do it well--really well. You have to startle and illuminate, pull the reader absolutely into the gushing heart of the character and then show us something new. Anything less and you are done for. But what a thing if you can do it.