The House of the Seven Gables Author:Nathaniel Hawthorne Condemned as a wizard by the townspeople of Salem, Massachusetts, Matthew Maule utters his horrible prophecy minutes before he is hanged. Not long after, Colonel Pyncheon is found dead in his new mansion, the House of the Seven Gables. His hoary beard is soaked with blood. — The curse continues to haunt succeeding generations of Pyncheons. An Ind... more »ian deed to large tracts of land mysteriously disappears, and with it the hope of maintaining the family fortune. Clifford Pyncheon is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his uncle. And the ancestral home, now moss encrusted and shrouded by the foliage of a mammoth elm, grows shabbier and gloomier.
Then lovely Phoebe, youngest of the almost-extinct clan, arrives for a visit and offers to stay and help her spinster aunt, Miss Hepzibah. A romance blooms between Phoebe and her aunt's lodger, Holgrave. But the shadow of the profane oath looms between them and still another Pyncheon "drinks blood" before Matthew Maule's curse is expiated.« less