Quote and while he prayed the veil lay heavily on his

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Quote: and while he prayed the veil lay heavily on his uplifted countenance. Context: The minister is beginning the program Theme suggested: sin; The material that the veil is made of is a light, breezy material. To say that the veil is laid heavily upon the minister’s face implies that perhaps something is weighing it down. The heaviness of the veil represents sin weighing down the veil. Quote: The subject had reference to secret sin, and those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest, and would fain conceal from
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our own consciousness, even forgetting that the Omniscient can detect them. Quote: preacher had crept upon them, behind his awful veil, ana discovered their boarded iniquity of deed or thought. Theme suggested: guilt The congregation is perceiving the veil as a glimpse into their own souls. They believe that he has discovered the sins that they have and are addressing them. Quote: A sad smile gleamed faintly from beneath the black veil, and flickered about his mouth, glimmering as he disappeared. Context: Theme suggested: secret sin The words, ‘gleamed faintly’ suggests that Mr. Hooper is hiding something from his congregation. The diction used is very ominous, suggesting that Mr. Hooper is shielded by the black veil, in an attempt to hide his sins. He smiles shortly but, the smile is one of confusion and mystery. He leaves his congregation and those witnessing this event, in awe over what he might be concealing. Quote: as he trusted this young maiden had been, for the dreadful hour that should snatch the veil from their faces Theme suggested: secret sin The judgement day is the dreadful day in which all sins we have ever made will be exposed. Mr. Hooper is choosing to wear the black veil possibly because he is implying that the town is covering up their sins and hiding under a veil. He is suggesting that they are living under a mask, concealing their true selves behind someone that is innocent and sinless when in reality, when they die, their sins will no longer be a secret. Quote: At that instant, catching a glimpse of his figure in the looking-glass, the black veil involved his own spirit in the horror with which it overwhelmed, all others.
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