In a town called Milford a man by name Mr. Hooper wears a black veil that confuses the towns people and leaves them wondering as to why a reverend would wear such a thing.
One day a an by the name of Mr. Hooper walked into church grasping everyone's attention with a black veil on his face. The author Hawthorne described the veil upon Mr. Hooper's face as, "Swathed about his forehead, and hanging down over his face, so low as to be shaken by his breath, Mr. Hooper had on a black veil." A reverend walking into church with a black veil covering almost all of his face was very unusual and the people of the town of Milford had no thought as to why maybe he committed a horrible crime they thought but they had no clue as to what was going on.
The people of the town of Milford had no clue what to think of Mr. Hooper's black veil and were to asking why he was wearing such a thing, but his fiancee Elizabeth was the only capable of asking Mr. Hooper the towns many questions.
Elizabeth confronts Mr. Hooper about his black veil asking questions the whole town has wondered since he first wore it. Mr. Hooper not giving any information about the veil and only telling his Fiancee that she may see him without it when they pass away.
The black veil upon Mr. Hooper's face confused people but also brought more of them to church which gave the towns people even more ideas about why he would wear the veil. Also people thought that his preaching as a reverend changed after he started wearing the mask but it seemed rather the same so the veil changed there perception of his speeches and made them more interesting.
Near the end of the story Mr. Hooper explains his thoughts on the Black Veil but still leaves people confused. Saying, "Then deem me a monster, for the symbol beneath which I have lived, and die! I look around me, and lo! on every visage a Black Veil!". Making people understand more about the Black Veil but leaving the confused about why he would wear it in the first place.