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The Seven Gables

Perhaps, you’ve already heard something about The House of the Seven Gables by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. That’s a romantic novel originally set in a rustic, grand, old house with seven gables in New England town. The story burst out with a history, tracing back in the 1690’s, when witch-hunting was at its climax. The plot revolves around the course of one summer of the 1850’s.

At his housewarming party, the socially noted owner of the house, Colonel Pyncheon, was mysteriously discovered dead in one of the rooms. In spite of the fact, he was highly esteemed for his high position in society and wealth, legend has it that he encroached on the land on which his house stood from a poor fellow Matthew Maule. Maule was literary a nobody. Moreover, he was said to be practicing witchcraft. He was hung exactly for this. Additionally, there were rumors that Pyncheon was solely responsible for it because the land was the object of his interest. His social prominence along with Maule’s infamy enabled him to get away with the crime smoothly. Maule managed to curse him before passing away.

For a long time, the Pyncheon-Maule dispute was actual. The long line of Pyncheons did its best to keep the land from their counterparts. Although they succeeded in this undertaking, their greed turned to be their own undoing. Alice Pyncheon died because Gervayse, her father, permitted her to be hypnotized by a Maule also dubbed Matthew, because he trusted him when he said that he required Alice’s mind to find a the hidden Pyncheon treasure. Clifford Pyncheon turned to be another victim of the greed of Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon, his cousin. He had him framed and then sent him to prison for murdering their uncle so that he could have the Pyncheon fortune to himself.

However, after many years, that talked-about mansion was forgotten, so the story focuses on the time when an old and lonely spinster, Hepzibah Pyncheon, inhabited it. She was feared for the scowl on her face, which was just the result of a chronic squint due to the poor eyesight. Proud and without talent for practical matters, she appears to be a true symbol of decaying aristocracy. She sincerely grieves for Clifford, her beloved brother, who was framed and imprisoned. By the way, she had a boarder dubbed Holgrave – a handsome and intellectual young fellow with modern views as well as notions. He keeps talking about the social reform.

When she was out of money, Hepzibah had to open a tiny bakeshop in the front gable of the house and ruin her illusion of aristocracy. That added to her misery until Phoebe, her young niece came from the country to live with her in the house. Just like a ray of sunshine, Hepzibah lighted up the house with her simplicity, beauty free-spiritedness.

Perhaps, you’ve already heard something about The House of the Seven Gables by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. That’s a romantic novel originally set in a rustic, grand, old house with seven gables in New England town. The story burst out with a history, tracing back in the 1690’s, when witch-hunting was at its climax. The plot revolves around the course of one summer of the 1850’s.

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