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KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS
The story revolves around a house built by Colonel Pyncheon in Salem, New England. It was built approximately 160 years earlier during the time of the Puritan settlement in America.
LIST OF CHARACTERS
A descendant of the original owner and heir to the property.
A cousin of Judge Pyncheon, who occupies one of the gables in the ihouse.
A country cousin of the Pyncheons, who has come to stay at the house.
A daguerreotypist by profession and a descendant of Matthew Maule. He resides in one of the gables.
Hepzibah's brother, who comes and lives with her, after thirty long years of imprisonment.
The philosopher of the street.
The original owner of the plot where the house was built.
The person who built the house of the seven gables.
An ancestor of the present day Pyncheon.
A little boy who was Hepzibah's customer and often bought gingerbread cookies.
Another customer who had predicted that Hepzibah's cent shop would be a failure.