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The House of the Seven Gables

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The wealthy Colonel Pyncheon covets the carpenter Mathew Maule's land. A few years later, during the witch hysteria in Salem, Maule is brought before a judge on witchcraft charges and is sentenced to death. Before his execution, Maule curses the Pyncheon family. The Colonel, undaunted, continues to build an extravagant house on Maule's property. After the house is finished, however, the Colonel is found dead, and the property deed is missing. 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 hard times; her ineffectual brother, Clifford; and young Phoebe, a country maiden who cheerfully takes it upon herself to care for her two doddering relations. There's also Holgrave, a free-spirited daguerreotypist, who makes a surprising transformation into conventional respectability. Hawthorne's masterful tale describes the brooding hold of the past over the present, twisting and turning through many generations of a venerable New England family.

The wealthy Colonel Pyncheon covets the carpenter Mathew Maule's land. A few years later, during the witch hysteria in Salem, Maule is brought before a judge on witchcraft charges and is sentenced to death. Before his execution, Maule curses the Pyncheon family. The Colonel, undaunted, continues to build an extravagant house on Maule's property. After the house is finished, however, the Colonel is found dead, and the property deed is missing. 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 hard times; her ineffectual brother, Clifford; and young Phoebe, a country maiden who cheerfully takes it upon herself to care for her two doddering relations. There's also Holgrave, a free-spirited daguerreotypist, who makes a surprising transformation into conventional respectability. Hawthorne's masterful tale describes the brooding hold of the past over the present, twisting and turning through many generations of a venerable New England family.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The wealthy Colonel Pyncheon covets the carpenter Mathew Maule's land. A few years later, during the witch hysteria in Salem, Maule is brought before a judge on witchcraft charges and is sentenced to death. Before his execution, Maule curses the Pyncheon family. The Colonel, undaunted, continues to build an extravagant house on Maule's property. After the house is finished, however, the Colonel is found dead, and the property deed is missing. 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 hard times; her ineffectual brother, Clifford; and young Phoebe, a country maiden who cheerfully takes it upon herself to care for her two doddering relations. There's also Holgrave, a free-spirited daguerreotypist, who makes a surprising transformation into conventional respectability. Hawthorne's masterful tale describes the brooding hold of the past over the present, twisting and turning through many generations of a venerable New England family.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Donada Peters

Length:

10h 52m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

08:04


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

52:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

25:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

28:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

31:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

36:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

36:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

24:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

27:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

48:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

23:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

35:34


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

25:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

29:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

34:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

32:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

22:25