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The Lieutenant Governor in The House of the Seven Gables

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Lieutenant Governor

This representative of King William III is supposed to attend Colonel Pyncheon's housewarming party. His presence at Colonel Pyncheon's house demonstrates what a bigwig Colonel Pyncheon is in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. On the day of the party, the Lieutenant Governor barges into Colonel Pyncheon's study to find out why the Colonel isn't greeting his guests. He finds the Colonel sitting motionless in a chair underneath his own portrait – dead.