Introduction and Notes by John S. Whitley， University of Sussex. Wuthering Heights is a wild， passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff， a foundling adopted by Catherine s father. After Mr Earnshaw s death， Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated， leaves Wuthering Heights， only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent， but the accomplished handling of a complex structure， the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.