Day 5

The House of the Seven Gables Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How does Hepzibah's slow progress towards Clifford's room build tension in the scene?

    Hawthorne's slow buildup towards Clifford's room allows us to feel tension as we continue to hope that Hepzibah will somehow be saved. Tension is also created knowing that Judge Pyncheon is waiting in the room below, and knowing that the consequence of bringing those two men together could be catastrophic.

  2. 2

    How would you describe Judge Pyncheon's manner of speech to Hepzibah? What does this illustrate about his stance towards her more generally?

    Judge Pyncheon's proclamations of love for Hepzibah and Clifford (Clifford especially) could be described as highly exaggerated and...

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