A prodigy of the sexton, Parson Hooper's forte was being a minister. He was a staunch believer in God and the Commandments.
One day the parson arrived at church with a black veil over his face. His congregation assumed that wearing such an item was an extemporaneous decision. In mass, Hooper expressed his fidelity to God.
Months passed and soon there became a stigma surrounding parson Hooper's black veil. He just would not take it off!
Elizabeth, Hooper's lover assumed Hooper was a hypochondriac, which is why he would not take the veil off. Hooper gave a small anecdote as to why he would never remove it, and Elizabeth left out of anger.
Parson Hooper lived up to his promise to himself of never taking the veil off. Not even when he was dead was the veil removed. This was the climatic part of the parable which had no epilogue.