Heathcliff arrived in the Earnshaw family by accident. Mr. Earnshawfound a boy who looked like a gypsy and had been apparently abandoned on thestreets of Liverpool. He brought the child home with him, to join his own family.He named the boy after his son who had died. All the members of the householdwere opposed to the introduction of a strange boy, especially the Earnshawchildren, who detested the darked-skinned Hindley. But Catherine quickly comesto love Heathcliff, and soon they become inseparable, spending days playing onthe moors. After his wife’s death, Mr. Earnshaw grows to prefer Heathcliff tohis own son, and when Hindley continues his cruelty to Heathcliff, Mr Earnshawsends Hindley away to college, keeping Heathcliff nearby.Three years later, Hindley returns home after his father’s death toinherit Wuthering Heights and brings a wife with him. Hindley seeks revenge onHeathcliff. Once an orphan, later a pampered and favored son, Heathcliff nowfinds himself treated as a common labourer, forced to work in the fields.However, he continues his close relationship with Catherine. One night theywander to Thrushcross Grange, hoping to tease Edgar and Isabella Linton, thecowardly, snobbish children who live there. Catherine is bitten by a dog and isforced to stay at the Grange to recover for five weeks. By the time shereturns, she has become infatuated with Edgar, and her relationship withHeathcliff grows more complicated.Hindley’s wife dies after the birth of their son Hareton, and Hindleydescends into the depths of alcoholism, and behaves more cruelly and abusivelytoward Heathcliff. Catherine’s desire for social advancement prompts her tobecome engaged to Edgar Linton, despite her overpowering love for Heathcliff.Heathcliff runs from Wuthering Heights, staying away for three years, andreturning shortly after Catherine and Edgar’s marriage.