In the warning, the author writes that all his characters are fictitious and he would like his work to be read as “a fantastic story, where clouds reflected over the Essex district, but not even the span of his land is imprinted.”
In one of the towns of New England, on the street, which everyone calls Pinchenova, stands the old house of Pinchenov – a large wooden house of seven gables. The first place in this place was settled by Mathew Mol, but when the settlement grew, his plot attracted Colonel Pinchen, and the colonel obtained from the authorities a grant for these lands. Mathew Mol did not give up, and the lawsuit lasted until the death of Maul, who was executed on charges of witchcraft. According to rumors, before his death Matthew Mol loudly declared that he was being led to death because of the plot of land, and cursed Pinchen. After occupying the Mola site, Pinchen decided to build a family mansion on the site of his hut about seven gables. Oddly enough, the son of the old Matthew Mola supervised the construction and did his job on the conscience – the house was built spacious and sturdy. After the completion of the construction, the colonel invited the whole city to his place, but, to everyone’s surprise, did not come out to greet guests. When the guests led by the governor entered the house, they saw that the colonel was sitting in an armchair under his own portrait dead.
The mysterious death of the Colonel gave rise to a lot of explanations, but nothing indicated that she was violent. And yet the people were of the opinion that a curse is gravitating over the house. The colonel claimed huge eastern lands, but documents confirming his right to them, were not found, so heirs had to settle for only the former possessions of Pinchenov. According to rumors, in every generation of Pinchenov there was at least one Pinchen, who inherited cruelty, discernment and an energetic grasp that distinguished the old colonel. About one hundred years ago, one of them died under circumstances that were very reminiscent of the sudden death of the colonel, which further strengthened the people in the opinion that a curse gravitates over the family of Pinchenov. Thirty years ago one of Pinchenov, as assured, was killed by his nephew. True, either for lack of evidence, whether due to the nobility of the accused, the death penalty was replaced by life imprisonment, and recently rumors began that the prisoner would soon be released from prison. The murdered Pinchen was an old bachelor who came to the conclusion that Matthew Mol was not to blame, and wanted to return his house to the descendants of the seven gables. Relatives opposed this, but were afraid that the old man would bequeath it to the Molam; their fears were not confirmed – kindred feelings prevailed, and the old man bequeathed all his property to another nephew, the cousin of his killer. The heir, who used to be a big rake, corrected himself and became a very respected man. He studied law and became a judge. Judge Pinchin built himself a big house and even invited his sister Coussib Pinchen to sister, but the proud old maiden did not take alms from his hands and lived in the House of the seven pediments in deep poverty,
After standing for a hundred and fifty years, the house resembled “a huge human heart that lived an independent life and had a memory where good and bad mixed up.” One of the features of this house was a strange door, divided in two horizontally and equipped with a viewing window. It was the door of a petty shop, which about a hundred years ago was cut by the then owner of the house, who was in cramped circumstances and who did not find the best means to improve his affairs, how to open a shop directly in the family home. Now Gefsiba, having no means of subsistence, with pain in her heart, decided to follow in the footsteps of her little-known ancestor and reopen the petty shop. Burned with shame, she admits the first buyer – a neighbor’s boy, but still can not take money from him and gives him a carrot for nothing. Buyers do not really favor the shop of Gefsiba – the old maid seems very scary and unfriendly to them, although in reality she does not frown, she just looks closely at her short-sighted eyes. After the first day of work, only a few coppers are in her box.
But in the evening in front of the House of the seven gables the omnibus stops and from it comes a young girl – a relative of Gefsiba Phoebe, who came from the village. Initially, Gethsiba is not very happy about the unexpected guest, but gradually softens, especially since Phoebe turns out to be economic, hardworking and flexible. She begins to trade in a shop, and things immediately go up the hill. Phoebe acquainted with Holgrave and wondered how well he was taking care of the garden and the garden. Holgrave shows her a daguerreotype portrait of Judge Pinchen, like two drops of water like a portrait of Colonel Pinchen, hanging in the living room. One night, Phoebe hears rustling and voices, and in the morning Gefsiba introduces her to her brother Clifford-the one who was accused of murdering his uncle and spent thirty years in prison. Gethsibah was waiting for her brother all this time,
Clifford returned with an old man, broken, with a shaky mind, and Gethsib and Phoebe surround him with tender care. Clifford asks to remove the portrait of Colonel Pinchen, considering him an evil genius at home and his own, but Gefsiba thinks he does not have the right to, and is limited to closing it with a curtain. In the bench to Phoebe, Judge Pinchen comes in and, learning that they are relatives, wants to kiss the girl, but she involuntarily recoils, recognizing in it the original daguerreotype portrait shown to her just now by Holgrave. After having told him that Clifford was back, the judge wants to see him, but Gethsiba does not let him. The judge invites her along with Clifford to move to his country house and live there without worries and troubles, but Gefsiba resolutely refuses. Holgrave, whom Phoebe initially distrusts for his disrespect for the laws, is gradually gaining her favor. In his twenty-two years he had already traveled across New England, visited Europe and tried a lot of work-he served as a clerk in a village shop, taught at a rural school, lectured on Mesmer’s magnetism. For him, the House of the seven gables is the embodiment of the disgusting Past with all its bad influences, and he lives here temporarily and only in order to better learn to hate this past.
He is a writer and reads his story about Alice Pinchen: “Once the Honorable Gervaise Pinchen summoned young Matthew Mole, the grandson of the sorcerer and the son of the builder of the House, about seven gables. There were rumors that the Moles know where the document is kept, giving Pincenham the right to own vast eastern lands, and Gervaise Pinchen promised Matthew Mol a generous reward if he would help him find this document. In exchange for help, Mol demanded that he return the land plot of his grandfather along with the House standing on it about the seven gables. Pinchen at first was indignant,...
Reading his story, Holgrave noticed that Phoebe fell into a strange numbness. He seemed to be able to take possession of her soul just as the carpenter Matthew Mole was – the soul of Alice, but Holgrave did not do it and just woke Phoebe, who thought that Alice’s troubles had happened to herself. Phoebe for a few days leaves for the village to her family: after living in the House of seven pediments for only a month and a half, she became so attached to its inhabitants that she does not want to leave them for long. During her absence, Judge Pinchen again comes to Gethsib. He is sure that Clifford knows a family secret that gives the key to unheard-of riches. If Clifford does not disclose it, he threatens to put him in a madhouse, and Gethsibah reluctantly follows his brother. She is very afraid of meeting Clifford with Judge Pinchen: knowing the brother’s vulnerable soul, she worries about his already feeble mind. But Clifford’s room is empty. Frightened Gethsiba returns to the living room and sees a judge sitting motionless in the chair. On the threshold of the living room is the joyful Clifford. Gethsiba does not understand what happened, but feels that something terrible has happened. Clifford takes her out of the house, and she limply follows him to the train station, where they board a train and travel unknown.
The next morning, residents of Pinchenov Street are surprised at the disappearance of two helpless old men, but here rumor is spread that Judge Pinchin is killed, and the rumor immediately ascribes this crime to Clifford and Gefsibe. Returning from the village, Phoebe finds in the house of Holgrave alone, who informs her that Judge Pinchen is dead, and Clifford and Gethsib have disappeared. Holgrave does not know what happened, but he, like Phoebe, is convinced of the innocence of the old. Holgrave suggests that, shocked by the resemblance of Judge Pinchen’s death with the death of a bachelor – his uncle, who had such disastrous consequences for Clifford, the old men fled with fear and fears that this would attract suspicion of murder.
Fortunately, Clifford and Gethsibah are back, and Phoebe and Holgrave, who have already confessed to each other in love, happily meet them. The medical report confirms that the judge died his death and no one killed him. Moreover, it turns out that neither Uncle Clifford nor Judge Pinchen was killed. Judge Pinchen, who was at that time a rake and a wast, lost his uncle’s position, and he rewrote his spiritual testament in favor of Clifford. One night, a nephew, a nephew, climbed into the uncle’s cache and was caught red-handed. The old bachelor had an apoplectic stroke, to which he, like all Pincenty, had a hereditary predisposition, and the nephew destroyed the new will and left in the secretary the old one, according to which all his uncle’s property was given to him. Initially, he was not going to accuse Clifford of murder, but when the matter took a turn that was disastrous for Clifford, he kept silent about what really happened, and did not stand up for his cousin. The fate severely punished Judge Pinchen: his only son suddenly died of cholera. Thus, the successors of the judge were Clifford, Gefsiba and Phoebe.
Having received the inheritance, they decide to move to the country house of Judge Pinchen. Before leaving, they gather in the living room of the House about the seven pediments. Looking at the portrait of the colonel and as if cringing under his stern gaze, Clifford feels as if some vague memory of childhood comes to life. Holgrave tells him that he probably knew where the hidden spring was, revealing a cache. Indeed, Clifford remembers how he accidentally stumbled upon her. Before, when the portrait was pressed, the portrait rose, but now the mechanical device has rusted, and when Holgrave presses it, the portrait with the frame breaks off the wall and falls to the floor. In the wall opens a deepening, where there is an ancient parchment, affirming Colonel Pinchen and his descendants the exclusive right to own vast eastern lands. “This is the same parchment, the search for which cost the life and happiness of the beautiful Alice, “says the daguerreotypist, hinting at her composition, which was exactly what Pinchin, whom Clifford had once told him about his find, was now a piece of old leather that had no legal power. , from where all this is known to Holgrave, and the young man confesses that his real name is Mol. The Son of the executed by Mathew Mol, building the House of the seven pediments, made a deepening in the wall and hid there a document certifying the right of Pinchenov to the eastern lands. So, z and the unjustly appropriated kitchen garden of Matthew Mole, Pincins lost several thousand acres of eastern land. Some time later, a carriage is driven up to the House on seven pediments and takes its inhabitants to a new house with them even Uncle Wenner to settle in a cozy little house,