Uncle Venner is Hepzibah’s neighbor, a fixture on Pyncheon Street. He’s an old, wrinkled, nearly toothless man, and he does odd jobs in the neighborhood to support himself, also collecting scraps for his pet pig. He has a poetic sort of wisdom that belies his simple, ragged exterior. Hepzibah, Clifford, and Phoebe invite Uncle Venner to join them on their country estate at the end of the novel.
Uncle Venner Character Timeline in The House of the Seven Gables
The timeline below shows where the character Uncle Venner appears in The House of the Seven Gables. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: A Day Behind the Counter
...she finds a wrinkled, nearly toothless man in a patched-together outfit, a longtime neighbor named Uncle Venner . He is a tough and vigorous old man who does errands like wood-splitting, digging,... (full context)
Chapter 5: May and November
...into the shop all day. Gingerbread sells out once again, thanks to little Ned Higgins. Uncle Venner praises the angelic character of Phoebe’s work, and indeed there’s “a spiritual quality” to it—even... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Pyncheon Garden
After Phoebe goes to church on Sundays, she, Clifford, Hepzibah, Holgrave, and Uncle Venner gather in the Pyncheon garden. Clifford especially enjoys Uncle Venner’s company because the latter, besides... (full context)
Chapter 14: Phoebe’s Good-by
Chapter 19: Alice’s Posies
Chapter 21: The Departure
...of the Seven Gables and establish themselves in the Judge’s country estate. They, along with Uncle Venner , gather in the parlor one last time. Clifford suddenly remembers that, in his youth,... (full context)