Minister Hooper begins to show signs of a hidden sin that he is struggling with. He comes into town with a black veil over his face and will not remove it, so the townspeople start to become suspicious.
The Reverand is trying to cause attention to the fact that the tendency of people is to hide their secret sinful behavior and shameful thoughts.
The townspeople have begun to gossip about the minister. He had to ordain an old woman's funeral and the funeral goers gossiped that the dead woman shuddered under his gaze.
Hooper is laying in his deathbed and still refuses to take off the veil. Mr. Clarke tries to take the veil off from covering his face.
The people surrounding him become scared because his health is declining quicker. He fell back onto his bed with a small smile and died.
Father Hooper is buried with the veil forever on his face.