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The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne The protagonist in The House of Seven Gables is Hepzibah Pyncheon She is an aging gentlewoman who in the past had lived in luxury but she has recently run into troubling economic times She is an ancestor of a patrician Puritan background that goes all the way back to the colonial days of the United States One of her earliest relatives was Colonel Pyncheon who built a house with seven gables on property which was formerly owned by a man named Matthew Maule who was executed for witchcraft It is said that Colonel Pyncheon was one of the main figures in having Maule executed On the day of his death Maule put a bad spell on the Pyncheons that would last until the day of Hepzibah Hepzibah is a dynamic character in The House of Seven Gables As the story begins Hepzibah is having to open a cent shop to help pay her bills She is a tall gaunt woman who always seems to be in a fowl mood She finds having to open the shop extremely demeaning considering her patrician background She lives almost completely in the past and never leaves the house to interact with the rest of the world When she opens the cent shop she finally begins to make interactions with other people however she keeps her unpleasant mood even to her customers The woman lives with the curse that has been handed down through the generations It is this that fuels her constant bad mood The day after she opens the shop her cousin Phoebe comes to visit her Phoebe is a young country girl who ends up staying with Hepzibah to manage the household Phoebe has youthful energetic demeanor which improves Hepzibahs attitude a little The day after Phoebes arrival the house of seven gables receives another guest This guest is later
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