The House of the Seven Gables Author:Nathaniel Hawthorne The house of seven gables was cursed from the day it was built. During the 200 years the house stood, two men had died under mysterious circumstances. When the story takes place, an old woman, one of the last members of the family, lives there. She seems to be waiting for someone to return. Even though the family was once rich, she is pennil... more »ess and has to open a shop in the house and take in a boarder. For whom is she waiting? Where is the property deed for which everyone is searching? What does Judge Pyncheon want? Who is Mr. Holgrave, the boarder? As you read the story The House of the Seven Gables, the entire mystery will unfold for you.