The House of the Seven Gables [NOOK Book]

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The novel is set in the mid-19th century, with glimpses into the history of the house, which was built in the late 17th century. The primary interest of this book is in the subtle and involved descriptions of character and motive.

The house of the title is a gloomy New England mansion, haunted from its foundation by fraudulent dealings, accusations of witchcraft, and sudden death. The current resident, the dignified but desperately poor ...
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The House of the Seven Gables

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Overview

The novel is set in the mid-19th century, with glimpses into the history of the house, which was built in the late 17th century. The primary interest of this book is in the subtle and involved descriptions of character and motive.

The house of the title is a gloomy New England mansion, haunted from its foundation by fraudulent dealings, accusations of witchcraft, and sudden death. The current resident, the dignified but desperately poor Hepzibah Pyncheon, opens a shop in a side room to support her brother Clifford, who is about to leave prison after serving thirty years for murder. She refuses all assistance from her unpleasant wealthy cousin Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon. A distant relative, the lively and pretty young Phoebe, turns up and quickly becomes invaluable, charming customers and rousing Clifford from depression. A delicate romance grows between Phoebe and the mysterious attic lodger Holgrave, who is writing a history of the Pyncheon family.
Hawthorne, c1848

Phoebe takes leave of the family to return to her country home for a brief visit, but will return soon. Unfortunately, before she leaves, Clifford stands at the large arched window above the stairs and has a sudden urge to jump upon viewing the mass of humanity passing before him and his recollection of his youth lost to prison. That instance, coupled with Phoebe's departure — she was the only happy and beautiful thing in the home for the depressed Clifford to dwell on — sends Clifford into a bed-ridden state.

Judge Pyncheon arrives at the house one day, and threatens to have Clifford committed to an insane asylum if he does not disclose information regarding mystical "eastern lands" of Maine that the family is rumored to own. The deed however has been lost. Before Clifford can be brought before the Judge (which, it is implied, will completely destroy Clifford's sanity), the Judge mysteriously dies in the same chair as the historical Pyncheon who stole the land on which the house was later built from a settler named Maule. Hepzibah and Clifford escape on a train (then a very new form of transport) after the Judge dies. The townsfolk murmur about their sudden disappearance, and, upon Phoebe's return, the Judge's body is discovered. Hepzibah and Clifford return shortly, to Phoebe's relief. Events from past and present throw light on the circumstances which sent Clifford to prison, proving his innocence. Holgrave is discovered to be a descendant of Maule but bears the Pyncheon family no ill will, mostly due to his feelings for Phoebe. The romance ends with the characters leaving the old house to start a new life, free of the burdens of the past.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013966000
  • Publisher: Mundus Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 678 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2010

    go see the real house you will understand the book

    read this book years a go great book, you do no understand the book until you travel there and see the house in real life .. the house is something to see,to see how he lived hundred years ago is some to see. loved the hiding stair case .. they dont build houses and counting house like that any more.. any one who doesnt like the book needs to go see the house ..

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2001

    Original Sin and Victoriana

    'The House of the Seven Gables' is a more difficult but potentially more rewarding book than the more popular 'Scarlet Letter.' In 'The House of the Seven Gables' Hawthorne is, in effect, arguing with himself about man's nature--are we all subject to original sin? He sets the novel inside a mansion that has been cursed from its very beginning because its owner stole part of the house's land from someone who didn't have as much legal influence. Thus cursed, the house became a gloomy haven for a decayed and decadent aristocracy for the following 180 years, roughly 1665-1845. Like the house, are we cursed by original sin, condemned to repeat the patterns of our ancestors? (There are other interpretations of this book; I'm just leading with the most common one.) Hawthorne would best be described as a romantic realist. His narrative style is free of the supernatural but it is rife with symbolism--and often he will interpret the symbolism for you! There is not much 'action' in the conventional sense; a person could describe the goings-on in the book in ten minutes, including flashbacks. The novel's resolution will surprise you--but there still are some fundamental questions that haven't been answered! Hawthorne depends on descriptions for much of his work--e.g., how a particular rose looks on a particular morning, and that ties in with all the symbolism. As was common in Victorian times, sentence length was 2-3 times longer than today, with compound/ complex sentences the norm. If you can read Dickens without difficulty, though, you can read this book too. I'd recommend 'The House of the Seven Gables' for anyone interested in quality American literature, especially the early realist period, for people interested in how the Puritan strain haunted (haunts?) Americans, or indeed just for an interesting tale that is told with very little action, mostly mood and symbolism.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Not a good version

    This version has a lot of problems with words being misspelled. It is hard to read!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Guthix

    Hello

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Loved it

    Loved it ! Dont know why you people dont


    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Could have been a 5

    Rated it 3only because of the garbled script, what i could read of this book was exelent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Ash2

    *find not side

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Ab2

    Smart ass. And do me a favour, go to AshClan and post to Dragonstar "Shadowkissed was there too. Myntlight if you recall was the rp at the time" or something along those lines please.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Clockwork

    Vrality, Zinth, and Saya, right?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Ash

    XD i wish you well

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Ab

    Ya, ya and ya.. yup. Got it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Hawthorne huh? Well how a about...HOTCORN!

    Get it lol

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Chelsi

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Well then

    Dude on the cover is totally freaky.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Liyla here

    Luv it!!!! I luv u nathaniel lol!!! XD

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    This book... is great!

    He is a great author, and his book is amazing! I have to read it for English, and I'm already in love with it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Hi.

    Should i buy this?

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    awsome

    Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Fad*Fabulous

    Are you guys using this as a chat room.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Ligan

    Tet.

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