Nathaniel Hawthorne: "The Minister's Black Veil" A Study of Puns and Biblical References

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Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "The Minister's Black Veil" is ostensibly the story of a minister who, for the majority of his life, uses a black veil to hide his face from his congregation. This black veil causes those around him to question all but himself as to the its logic. Additionally, the black veil creates tension in some, grief in others and endless gossip for all. The ramifications of "The Minister's Black Veil" have been …

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