Setting: "Milford meeting-house" Main Char: "good Parson Hooper."



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Setting: “Milford meeting-house”

Main Char: “good Parson Hooper.”

“Mr. Hooper, a gentlemanly person, of about thirty, though still a bachelor, was dressed with clerical neatness, as if a careful wife had starched his band,…”

“Mr. Hooper had on a black veil…”

Demographic: “Children, with bright faces, … Sunday clothes. Spruce bachelors…”

“The subject had referenced to secret sin, and those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest, and would fain conceal from our own consciousness, even forgetting that the Omniscient can detect them.”

“The black veil, though it covers only our pastor’s face, throws its influence over his whole person…”

“At that instant, catching a glimpse of his figure in the looking-glass, the black veil involved his own spirit in horror with which it overwhelmed all others.”

“As his plighted wife, it should be her privilege to know what that black veil concealed.”

“I, perhaps, like most other mortals, have sorrow dark enough to be typified by a black veil.”

“Lift the veil… then farewell!”

“Dying sinners cried aloud for Mr. Hooper, and would not yield their breath until he appeared;…”

“… even at the dying hour. Who, but Elizabeth!”

“…when man does not vainly shrink from the eye of his Creator, loathsomely, treasuring up the secret of his sin; then deem me a monster, for the symbol beneath which I lived, and die! I look around me, and, lo! On every visage a Black Veil!”

“… Father Hooper fell back upon his pillow, a veiled corpse, with a faint smile lingering on the lips. Still veiled, they laid him in his coffin, and a veiled corpse they bore him to the grave.”

The veil stays with the body- just as the “sins” do. “It is but a mortal veil—it is not for eternity!”



“The grass of many years has sprung up and withered on that grave, the burial stone is moss-grown, and good Mr. Hooper’s face is dust; but awful is still the thought that it molded beneath the Black Veil!”

This shows that time has passed and Mr. Hooper is once again perceived as “good”. The veil remained on his corpse. Is actions spawned another to do the same, but for actually committing a sin.





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