- The narrator begins with a description of the House of Seven Gables, and describes the Puritan-era legal battle between Matthew Maule and Colonel Pyncheon over the land the house now stands on.
- Maule was hanged for witchcraft; before he died he cursed the Pyncheon family.
- The House was built by Maule’s son.
- The Colonel died on the day the Pyncheons moved into the House.
- The Pyncheons lost an opportunity to own a vast fortune worth of land in Maine due to the bad timing of the Colonel’s death.
- The Pyncheons family descended into corruption and avarice.
- Many years later, the owner of the House of Seven Gables was murdered. The victim’s nephew was convicted and imprisoned for the crime, while his cousin, another nephew of the victim, became a judge and prominent figure in the town...
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