“But what has good Parson Hooper got upon his face?”
“He has changed himself into something awful, only by hiding his face."
" As he stooped, the veil hung straight down from his forehead, Could Mr. Hooper be fearful of her glance, that he so hastily caught back the black veil? "
Mr. Hooper, a gentlemanly person, of about thirty, is the minister of a church in Milford somewhere in New England.
“There is an hour to come,” said he, “when all of us shall cast aside our veils."
As Mr. Hooper enters the church people began to notice something different thus causing a ruckus. The black veil drooping over Hooper's face caused many to suspect Hooper of hiding something.
(1.) Hooper conducts a funeral still wearing the veil, now suitable but imposing great horror (2.) Hooper conducts a wedding. As he walks through the halls of the church he catches a glimpse of his reflection in a mirror and is horrified and runs out.
When man does not vainly shrink from the eye of his Creator, loathsomely treasuring up the secret of his sin; 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!”
Everyone seemed appaled but Mr Hooper's wife wasn't, Elizabeth asks Hooper to take off the veil but Hoopers explains why he won't and that he is lonely without her. As Hooper doesn't fulfil Elizabeth's needs and leaves.
Hooper becomes lonelier than ever with "people avoiding him and children screaming and running away"
Hooper serves as the clergyman of the church for years passing until he is on his deathbed. As Elizabeth and several people reconvene at Hooper's deathbed they ask again why he wore the veil and he answers ending with the black veil still covering his face.