The House of the Seven Gables

what discovery did holgrave make regarding the medical background of the pyncheon family

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Holgrave believes that Judge Pyncheon could not have come unfairly to his end: there is a physical predisposition among the Pyncheons to die in this way. However, Clifford's uncle died in the same manner thirty years ago. It is hinted that this was some kind of stroke.