Young Goodman Brown and Other Hawthorne Short Stories

What do the congregations comments reveal about the veils effect?

On the line 48. The Ministers black veil.

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An energetic preacher, Hooper delivers a sermon that was as powerful as the rest – but, due to his veil, the people felt a certain sadness and mysteriousness in his words.


"Such was the effect of this simple piece of crape, that more than one woman of delicate nerves was forced to leave the meeting-house. Yet perhaps the pale-faced congregation was almost as fearful a sight to the minister, as his black veil to them."


The Minister's Black Veil