In reality, however, she was very unlikely to attach the shame of an affair to the surname, experts say.
Ann Dinsdale, senior curator at the Bronte Parsonage Museum, said: ‘We certainly don’t have any evidence that she ever had a love affair in her life. And she, of course, never married.
“I think people like to try to guess his inspiration. Many people believe that Wuthering Heights, with all its passion, couldn’t have been written by someone who didn’t have a love affair.
“But she was a lonely person, and there’s no evidence that she ever had a romance, or that she really had any interest in having a romance.
“She grew up with stories and imaginary worlds. And really, you could say she spent her life in the world of her imagination.
She added: “It’s not a new suggestion, but certainly today it would probably have been considered somewhere on the autism spectrum.”