and heart-dissolving prayer, full of sorrow, yet so imbued with celestial hopes, that the music of a heavenly harp, swept by the fingers of the dead, seemed faintly to be heard among the saddest accents of the minister. This was what gave plausibility to the whispers that. Hooper walked onward, at a slow and quiet pace, stooping somewhat, and looking on the ground, as is customary with abstracted men, yet nodding kindly to those of his parishioners who still waited on the meeting-house steps. She made no reply, but covered her eyes with her hand and turned to leave the room.
In truth, his own antipathy to the veil was known to be l so great, that he never willingly passed before a mirror, nor stooped to drink at a still fountain, lest, in its peaceful bosom, he should be affrighted by himself. "But the strangest part of the affair is the effect of this vagary even on a sober-minded man like myself. Thus they sat a considerable time, speechless, confused, and shrinking uneasily from. Do not leave me in this miserable obscurity for ever." "Lift the veil but once and look me in the face said she. Such were the terrors of the black veil even when Death had bared his visage.
The Ministers Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne