Young Goodman Brown and Other Hawthorne Short Stories

the minister's black veil by nathaniel hawthorne

how does the veil affect public response to him?

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The people felt a certain sadness and mysteriousness in his words. Following the sermon, the townspeople continued to gossip about the mystery of the veil. Mr. Hooper continued to act as always, greeting the children and saluting his neighbors. But, he was met with bewildered looks as the crowd avoided him.