Abstract

This interpretation of Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil" explores the possibility that Parson Hooper's enigmatic veil is not merely "a type and a symbol." Hooper might wear the veil to hide from the community of Milford a physical (and moral) infirmity that is visible on his face---scars resulting from the secondary stage of syphilis.

Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6571
Print ISSN
0278-9671
Pages
pp. 197-211
Launched on MUSE
1998-10-01
Open Access
No
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