Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The House of Seven Gables


Category: Gothic

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Summary: Hawthorne's tale about the hold of the past over the present. The tales is about a venerable New England family, one of whose members was accused of witchcraft in 17th century Salem. More than 200 years later, we meet the family in its decaying, gabled mansion, still haunted by the presence of dead ancestors: Hepzibah, an elderly gentlewoman fallen on had times; her ineffectual brother, Clifford; and young Phoebe, a country maiden who cheerfully takes it upon herself to care for her two doddering relations.

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