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THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES The story begins as Nathaniel Hawthorne lays down the setting and describes the house of the seven-gables and the story of its creation The house is old and overrun by moss weeds and bushes but the greatest aspect is the gigantic tree in the front of the house that seems to grow in size as it feeds off the misery of the inhabitants and the decay of the house The very land that the house was built on was stolen from Matthew Moule Since Colonel Pyncheon liked the location he helped accuse Matthew Moule of witchcraft and had him hung from the gallows pole At his death Matthew Moule curses Colonel Pyncheon saying God will give him blood to drink One hundred and sixty years ago when Colonel Pyncheon opened the new seven-gabled mansion the guests found him lying dead in his study with his face covered in blood Now 160 years later the curse still haunts the household as unfortunate circumstances fall upon the Pyncheons The claim to the vast acres in Maine still remains lost Clifford Pyncheon was convicted for killing his uncle and is sent to prison for 30 years The only Pyncheon left living in the house is Hepzibah who is forced to put aside her pride and open a 1-cent shop on the first floor The 1-cent shop in itself is a symbol if irony due to the fact that Hepzibah was once rich and now though she is living in a mansion she sells penny goods on the bottom floor Townspeople come in usually just to see her work and to mock her but a few townspeople come to buy goods The old house has only a few inhabitants left There is Hepzibah Pyncheon who can live there as long as she wants Mr Holograve who is a hypnotist that rents the upstairs apartment and an
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