Friday, 16 September 2011

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne





This book is beautiful. I got it out from the library in Cardiff where it was bequeathed in 1935.  This is how the novel starts:

'Half-way down a by-street of one of our New England towns, stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely-peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst. The street is Pyncheon-street; the house is the old Pyncheon-house; and an elm-tree, of wide circumference, rooted before the door, is familiar to every town-born child by the title of the Pyncheon-elm.  On my occasional visits to the town aforesaid, I seldom fail to turn down Pyncheon-street, for the sake of passing through the shadow of these two antiquities, - the great elm-tree, and the weather-beaten edifice.'

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful book! And looking at your previous post - my bedside table is just about the same - creaking under a pile of 'must-reads'!!

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