(Pdf) [The House of the Seven Gables] BY Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hell did I pick this up again Life s too short you say You have 200 other books on your to read shelf and this was sucking your will to read Give it up You re right all of it and my answer is my xcuse being because I m freakin stubborn Its Hawthorne I mean how much New Englandy can you get I couldn t just give up I d be betraying my countryman Whatever For a few years in my younger days I worked down the street from the House of the Seven Gables and I d always get this literary stab of guilt for not having read it I d never fully look it in the ye feeling the shame wash over me Its judgmental gables peeking out at me while I d sit by the lighthouse ati This is the worst book ver written in the English language that is somehow celebrated against far superior novels from the same ra somehow arning him nough respect to have his crusty face Buried emblazoned onto the Library of CongressIf the story were to take place in modern day Atlanta it would be about some inbred old money steel magnolia losing her shit up in Buckhead and dragging her family down with her while she suanders what little remains A clueless group here in goodreadscom made this this its book of the month read under the Horror genre when there is no horror in it The author called it instead a Romance but there is no romance in itither xcept a brief declaration of love for ach other of two protagonists towards the nd with all its unmistakable phoniness How can you love a simple girl like me Duh all men profess to love simple girlsThis is actually a sex book written under the atmosphere of sexual repression during the mid 19th centuryThere is this big old house with seven gables of course which has a dark past that can be traced back to a hundred or so years Displayed inside is a portrait of the house s builder and original owner Colonel Pyncheon Its present occupants are a brother and a sister both Pyncheons too descendants of the Colonel both decrepit and poor The brother Clifford had apparently lost his marbles and acts at times like a childThey have a border occupying one of the house s seven gables a young good looking artist Later comes for a visit and she ventually became a occupant another Pyncheon a cousin of the brother and sister She s young and pretty And what would a story be without a villain So we have Judge Pyncheon another cousin rich powerful and a look alike of Colonel Pyncheon in the portrait and said to be as vil as the originalEverything needed for gothic sex is here a big old gloomy housewhich in the dictionary can mean a brothel reminiscent of the castle in Maruis de Sade s 120 Days of Sodom an unattractive sex starved character the sister a spinster with a permanent scowl on her face and with a sado masochistic name Hepzibah one with an infantile taste for sex the brother named Clifford off in the head the stud the artistborder Holgrave a permanent fixture in all porn films a nubile object of delectation and ready for corruption the young lady from the country who first came for a visit and with the ually nubile name Phoebe and a villain Judge PyncheonThe first sex scene symbolically only remember this was in the 19th century when the Philippines was still firmly under Spanish rule is where Hepzibah opened up her small store to arn her upkeep like she is opening her legs for the first time in her life after she is forced to arn money by prostitution Her first customer is the studartist He asks her if he can assist her any further in her preparation When Hepzibah saw the young man s smile looking so much the brighter on a thoughtful face and heard his kindly tone she broke first into a hysteric giggle and then began to sob Ah Mr Holgrave cried she as soon as she could speak I never can go through with it Never never never I wish I were dead and in the old family tomb with all my forefathers With my father and my mother and my sister Yes and with my brother who had far better find me there than here The world is too chill and hard and I am too "old and too feeble and too hopeless The stud Holgrave however gives her words of ncouragement "and too feeble and too hopeless The stud Holgrave however gives her words of ncouragement believe me Miss Hepzibah these feelings will not trouble you any longer after you are once fairly in the midst of your nterprise They are unavoidable at this moment standing as you do on the outer verge of your long seclusion and peopling the world with ugly shapes which you will soon find to be as unreal as the giants and ogres of a child s storybook I find nothing so singular in life as that verything "appears to lose its substance the instant one actually grapples with it So it will be "to lose its substance the instant one actually grapples with it So it will be what you think so terrible The A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, exchange then continues But I am a woman said Hepzibah piteously I was going to say a lady but I consider that as past Well no matter if it be past answered the artist a strange gleam of half hidden sarcasm flashing through the kindliness of his manner Let it go You are the better without it For Clifford the retard nothing is beautiful than Phoebe He took unfailing note ofvery charm that appertained to her sex and saw the ripeness of her lips and the virginal development of her bosomBut since he is such a child all he can do is to touch her flower and smell it His feeling for flowers was very The Shadow Reader exuisite and seemed not so much a taste as anmotion he was fond of sitting with one in his hand intently observing it and looking from its petals into Phoebe s face as if the garden flower were the sister of the household maiden Not merely was there a delight in the flower s perfume or pleasure in its beautiful form and the delicacy or brightness of his hueWith Phoebe by his side his little weapon comes alive now Try breathes new air into mouldering lives and rooms Written shortly after The Scarlet Letter The House of the Seven Gables re addres. Ith the lesson thoroughly by heart he could with difficulty comprehend his little airy happiness Freuently there was a dim shadow of doubt in his Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies eyes Take my hand Phoebe he would say and pinch it hard with your little fingers Give me a rose that I may press it thorns and prove myself awake by the sharp touch of pain Evidently he desired this PRICK of a trifling anguishWhat about the villain Judge Pyncheon Here he is compared with the long dead Colonel Pyncheon and the clear implication is that both were as debauch and cruel as any of Maruis de Sade s sick heroesThe Puritan Colonel Pyncheon again an autocrat in his own household had worn out three wives and merely by remorseless weight and hardness of his character in the conjugal relation had sent them one after another brokenhearted to their graves The Judge had wedded but a single wife and lost her in the third or fourth year of their marriage There was a fable however for such we choose to consider it though not impossibly typical of Judge Pynchon s marital deportment that the lady got her death blow in the honeymoon and never smiled again because her husband compelled her to serve him with coffeevery morning at his bedside in token of fealty to her liege lord and masterWhat is this what is this serving him WITH coffee very morning at his bedside like he was her liege lord and master and which was so gross as to be the uivalent of a DEATH BLOW My lascivious readers your guess is absolutely correct What could be debasing than forcing your wife to give you a blowjob in the morning while she drinks her coffee I have read and re read this many times the act of the passing generation is the germ which may and must produce good or The Power Of A Choice evil fruit in a far distant time Thus speaks Hawthorne in the course of his book and to a largextent this summarises the theme and plot of the storyThe book is a natural progression from his previous work The Scarlet Letter almost an updated by 150 200 years seuel to it Hawthorne began it a mere 6 months after the publication of The Scarlet Letter Here he shows what happens as the seeds of the Salem type of puritanism germinate throughout the generations in this case through the Pyncheon family lineMy relationship with this book goes back a very long way I bought it as a boy in a village jumble sale do they have such things any determined to read it Not surprisingly I struggled but with the aid of a dictionary and taking it slowly I managed to read it through I ve been hooked on it ver since returning to it often and to my beloved Nathaniel HawthorneAs a boy I could identify with the characters who people the book and specially the reclusive Miss Hepzibah Pyncheon She was for me my widowed grandmother with whom I spent a great deal of time Like Hepzibah she had virtually retired from the world in her case on the arly death of my grandfather She rarely went out of doors Her arthritis which had painfully and cruelly deformed her limbs would have made this difficult anyway Like Hepzibah too she could scowl But as in the case of the former this was freuently misinterpreted Both women were short sighted and lovely with it My grandmother s house too whilst lacking the dimensions of Hepzibah s had been the family home for 3 or 4 generations There was a shop attached to it too where my father plied his trade the same as his father grandfather and great grandfather before him The idea of my grandmother crossing its threshold as Hepzibah did in order to ke out a living selling a few sweets filled me with horror not for snobbish reasons after all we were a family of shopkeepers but my grandmother was painfully shyAt the risk of over gging the pudding no pun intended my grandmother had a large garden somewhat neglected like Hepzibah s and here my father kept a few chickens The book is altogether very personal for me and I have returned to it almost my childhood home many times I sense it is very autobiographical for Hawthorne too who as a young man adolescent shut himself up in his room for some years possibly with a guilty secret Hawthorne is uite particular in labelling this book a romance rather than a novel and this gives him
lee way for his mirage style of story telling so we re never uite sure whether what way for his mirage style of story telling so we re never uite sure whether what tells us is sheer fantasy fact or a mixture of both This romance is about sunshine and shadow sadness and joy laughter and tears age and the future The book will also focus on double standards and false values and justice which Hawthorne is xpert in Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling examiningHere s a taster or two Stay a moment if you please Said the Judge again beaming sunshine out of his face But appearances can be deceptive as a page or so later hisxpression has momentarily changed To know Judge Pyncheon was to see him at that moment After such a revelation let him smile with what sultriness he would he could much sooner turn grapes purple or pumpkins yellow than melt the iron branded impression out of the beholder s memory Hepzibah s brother Clifford to his sister We are ghosts We have no right amongst human beings no right anywhere but in this old house which has a curse on it and which therefore we are doomed to hauntIt is an ugly thought that "I should be frightful to my fellow beings and that children would cling to their mother s gowns "should be frightful to my fellow beings and that children would cling to their mother s gowns sight of me I spoke of sunshine and shadow Here as the book nears its close an old character much loved by the Pyncheons who spoke often of retiring to his farm the work house says But I suppose I am like a Roxbury Russet a great deal the better the longer I can be kept I guess this is much too personal to be an objective review but what the Hell I love this boo. Ses the theme of human guilt in a style remarkable in both its descriptive virtuosity and its truly modern mix of fantasy and realism.