Monday, February 11, 2013

Opening paragraphs....................

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 shadows of these two great antiquities, - the great elm-tree and the weather-beaten edifice.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables

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