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The Black Veil - Nathaniel Hawthorne

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semblance
(n) Outward appearance
obscurity
(n) Darkness
iniquity
(n) Wickedness
ostentatious
(adj.) Deliberately attracting notice
sagacious
(Adj.) Wise, keenly perceptive
portend
(v) Signify
pensively
(Adv.) Thinking deeply or seriously
antipathy
(n) Strong dislike
plausibility
(n) Believability
resolute
(Adj.) Determined
gentlemanly 30 betrothed good connected liked gentle
Mr. Hooper was a well-liked ___ bachelor of about ___ who had clerical neatness, already ___. He had the reputation of a ___, though not energetic, preacher, a man who blessed the children and food and stayed ___ with the community. He was well-___ and had the reputation of a calm and ___ preacher. .
black veil normal dark
The opening day of the book, Reverend Hooper wore a ___ ___ the entire day along with his usual Sunday best for church, though he treated everything as if it was ___. That day the people felt as if everything was ___, as if the black veil had shrouded the Earth in darkness
fearful guilty secret face
"Yet perhaps the pale-faced congregation was almost as fearful a sight to the minister, as his black veil to them."
Because the congregation was so appalled and ___ of the veil, Hooper seeing then all afraid of him and his actions may have scared him just as much, however the line is better explained later in the story. Hooper was fearful of the congregation because they were just as ___ as he, though they buried their ___ sin while he wore his on his ___.
secret sin mysteries God powerful uncomfortable
The subject of Hooper's sermon that first Sunday was ___ ___ and sad ___ that we hide from our loved ones, forgetting that ___ sees and knows all. It was a dark and ___ sermon, because the congregation knew their sins were there, they had just hidden them away. Pointing it out made them ___.
confused terrible influence truth
In reacting to Hooper's sermon, the congregation was ___ and gossipy, talking to each other loudly about what the veil could mean. They wanted to know what was going on.

One lady remarked "How strange...that a simple black veil...should become such a ___ thing on Mr. Hooper's face." To which her husband remarked, "[The veil] throws ___ over his whole person...." though it only covers his face. They were confused and scared and yearned for the ___.
himself men nothing watching
The physicians wife wonders why Hooper is not afraid to be by ___, to which her husband replies "___ are sometimes so." He most likely means that men sometimes have ___ holding them back when no one is ___, and may commit something as awful as a sin.
funeral wedding dark
Later that day (the beginning of the story) Hooper presided over a ___ for a young woman and a ___, both of which he wore the black veil to, making both events feel extremely ___. Hoper treated everything as if it was normal.
guilty sins
Judging from his sermon, the minister may be feeling ___ of his secret ___ and is wearing the black veil to symbolize them.
why veil timid shunned
After the whole town had been talking and gossiping over the matter, everyone had neglected to ask Hooper ___ he wore the ___. Everyone must have been too ___ to ask him. They all instead ___ him, though nothing had changed about him but the veil.
scandal silence weighty
To get to the bottom of this "___" church officials decided to send a group to Hooper's house to see him and ask. Hooper welcomed them in and they all sat in awkward ___, shrinking from his gaze (though he still wore the black veil) until they decided to leave, returning to the church saying the matter was too ___ to be handled by them. They were unsuccessful in their endeavor.
betrothed everyone forever mortal sin
Elizabeth asked Hooper (she is his ___) to tell him why he wore the veil, and asked him to take it off. Hooper responded that there would be a time that ___ would take their veils off, and he would then too. He said that the veil was a symbol he was bound to wear ___, and that no ___, not even close friends or Elizabeth, would ever see it withdrawn. The veil itself is a symbol of secret ___, innocent sorrow.
gossip sin office
Elizabeth is really worried that people will ___ about Hooper, spreading rumors that Hooper is hiding a secret ___. People may think he, the minister, actually did something wrong, really committed a sin! He may lose his Holy ___.
sin hanging isolating darkness
Hooper tells Elizabeth he wears the veil because he is covering his face, just as one would do for sorrow, for secret ___. Just as a veil would symbolize sadness, his symbolizes secret sin. The veil symbolizes all his sins in life ___ over him and ___ him, trapping him in ___.
refusal leave separated
Elizabeth, after hearing Hooper's explanation for the veil and ___ to take it off, decides to ___ him, for if the veil forever ___ them then they would never be together.
sin shunned judging judge
The veil represents secret ___. The town was able to figure that out, realizing Hooper was admitting to sin. By admitting to it, Hooper is ___ by the town of Puritans and judged harshly. The idea of ___ people is a theme. We are not told Hooper's sin at the end of the book so we ourselves don't ___ him either.
bugbear irrational
A "___" is a source of ___ fears, a source of irritation. Hooper became one to the town as time went on because he always wore the veil.
shunned under nightly saddened children
By the near end of the story, the townspeople and children ___ Mr. Hooper. People would scurry from his presence or throw themselves in his way to try and get a look ___ the veil. He was forced to give up his ___ walks because so many people followed and watched him, and he was deeply ___ when ___ ran from him when he came near.
necessary lonely soul grief
Hooper was sad about having to wear the veil, though he felt it was ___ and felt absolute about wearing it all the time, 24/7, no matter what. He was ___ behind the veil, trapped in his own ___ and ___ with no one to confide in. But he kept it on, sadly smiling his way through life.
efficient sins consolation veil
A positive effect of the veil was that Hooper became a better, more ___ minister from it. Those guilty of their secret ___ found a familiarity with Mr. Hooper. On their deathbeds they called for him, wanting to confide in him and receive ___, for they had been symbolically under the ___ with Hooper.
father loving feared veil
Hooper spent the rest of his life shunned from the town by all but those on their deathbeds wanting to confide in him. He became known as ___ Hooper, kind and ___, though unloved and almost ___ in return. The entire rest of his life he wore the ___, shunned by all but the dying.
physician pious clark elizabeth
As Mr. Hooper lay on his death bed, he was surrounded by a ___ (to lessen the pain), very ___ members of the church, Reverend Mr. ___, and a nurse, who happened to be ___.
heart veil
The "saddest of all prisons" was Mr. Hooper's ___, where he was trapped his entire life by the ___.
veil earth last
Before Mr. Hooper died, Mr. Clark tried to remove the ___. Hooper reacts with a sudden burst of energy, refusing to allow the veil to be taken off his face "on ___." Hooper was determined to keep that veil on his face to his ___ dying breath.
clark sin veil
Reverend ___, in exasperation after Hooper refused the veil to be removed, asked Hooper what ___ he committed, what did he do that caused him to wear that ___ his whole life?
scared sin dark veil
"I look around me, and, lo! on every visage a Black Veil!"

His last words, Reverend Hooper wonders why everyone is so ___ of him when all he did was symbolize his ___, the sin that they all know they have too. Everyone is hiding a secret sin, everyone has a ___ side. Everyone is wearing a symbolic ___ just as Hooper did with a physical one.