The Scarlet Letter & The House of The Seven Gables
The Scarlet Letter
An ardent young woman, her cowardly lover, and her aging, vengeful husband - these are the central characters in this stark drama of the conflict between passion and convention in the harsh Puritan world of seventeenth-century Boston. Tremendously moving, rich in psychological insight, this tragic novel of shame and redemption reveals Hawthorne’s concern with the New England past and its influence on the struggles between mind and heart, dogma and self-reliance, he fashioned one of the masterpieces of fiction.
The House of The Seven Gables
An evil house, cursed by a man hanged for witchcraft, haunted by the ghosts of its sinful dead, wracked by the fear of its frightened living - this is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables. Within its walls dwell the Pyncheons: Hepzibah, an elderly recluse; Clifford, her feebleminded brother; Phoebe, their young country cousin… and Jaffrey, a devil incarnate. Both of the people and the place are drawn from a mixture of the actual and imaginary. Colonel Pyncheon is based on Hawthorne’s great-grandfather, the gloomy, gabled house on his own home. This masterful blending of the spiritual and symbolic allows Hawthorne’s haunted house to stand firm where many a weaker one has fallen.