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Why 7 Gables?

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Marguerite MacLean Does anyone know the significance of seven gables? Why not 6 or 8?

Data My guess coincides with the explanation given here: It just sounded good, and Hawthorne wanted to showcase the house as the common theme in the book. Seven gables means a large, complex roofline, thus a mansion, as the house is described. And seven just sounds better than six or eight.

Cali Stadig The "Seven Gables" is a literal description of the home. The roof of the house consists of seven gables.

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