The Minister's Black Veil: A Paradigm Characters

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Rev. Mr. Clark

The Reverend Mr. Clark is a young and enthusiastic minister from the nearby town of Westbury, who is summoned to Milford to attend the dying Reverend Mr. Hooper. Knowing that "the veil of eternity" is about to be lifted from his worldly existence, Clark asks Hooper if he can remove the veil that he has stubbornly worn for many years. When Hooper desperately clings to that veil, Clark cries, "Dark old man! ... with what horrible crime upon your soul are you now passing to the judgment?" Clark is then witness to Hooper's dying claim that everyone in life wears a veil of secret shame that isolates him from the rest of the world. Hooper's veil is different only in that his is visible.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth is engaged to the Reverend Mr. Hooper, the minister who has, for some unknown reason, taken to wearing a mysterious black...

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