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DR. HEIDEGGER'S EXPERIMENT describes the discovery of an elixir of youth, which restores the aged Heidegger, his old friend Alex Medbourne, and the corpse of Heidegger's fiancée Sylvia, who died on the eve of her wedding. When Sylvia discloses that Medbourne killed her in retaliation for her refusal to elope with him, the jealous assassin slays Heidegger. Suddenly, the potion loses its effect; Medbourne is once again aged, Sylvia a corpse. In RAPPACCINI'S DAUGHTER a Paduan physician, deserted by his wife, renders his daughter Beatrice forever inviolate by inoculating her with a deadly serum, the effect of which is to blight any living thing she touches. When she falls in love with their neighbor Giovanni, a medical student, Rappaccini attempts in vain to counter the poison's effects. After an antidote devised by Giovanni's science professor slays the lovers, Rappaccini kills himself. In THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES newlywed Gerald Pyncheon scours his ancestral home for the family fortune. While so doing he confronts the ghost of a man burned as a warlock by his ancestors, who also had been the lover of his wife's ancestor. After murdering his sister, Pyncheon dies in the treasure vault. The estate is destroyed, and Pyncheon's widow elopes with the ghost's descendant.