Young Goodman Brown and Other Hawthorne Short Stories

Why is the veil appropriate symbol for the afternoon service?

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The veil was accepted at the afternoon service because a funeral took place directly after. The black veil was seen a appropriate for a funeral service.

The afternoon service was attended with similar circumstances. At its conclusion the bell tolled for the funeral of a young lady. The relatives and friends were assembled in the house and the more distant acquaintances stood about the door, speaking of the good qualities of the deceased, when their talk was interrupted by the appearance of Mr. Hooper, still covered with his black veil. It was now an appropriate emblem.


The Minister's Black Veil