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You must needs be a stranger in this regionelse you would surly have heard of the Mistress Hester Prynne and her evil doingspg 42 This quote is from one of two very similar but different stories written by Nathaniel Hawthorne the Scarlet Letter and The Ministers Black Veil Mr Hooper had on a black veilwhich entirely covered his featuresbut probably did not intercept his sight further than to give a darkened aspect to all living and intimate thingspg 266 This essay will compare and contrast the two by examining how does the symbol affect the wearer what is the publics reaction to the symbols and what happens to the men in each story The wearers of the symbols are Reverend Hooper with his veil and Hester Prynne with her scarlet A Here Hawthorne explains to the reader that amid his grief Mr Hooper smiled to think that only a material emblem had separated him for happiness pg 271 which leads us to realize that he would have had happiness but others let the veil interfere with the relationships that could have been One of those relationships is with his soon to be wife Elizabeth Beloved and respected as your are there may be whispers that your hide your face under the consciousness of secret sin For the sake of your holy office do away with this scandalpg 270 here she is clearly hurt and upset and later leaves him for the reason that he will not let her see his face not one time The quote In all her intercourse with society however there was nothing that made her feel as if she belonged to itpg 58 suggest that Hester is considered an outcast and nobody will associate with her because she has a bad reputation The crowd knows that she has committed adultery and in the time of this story adultery was considered to be a dark crime So the people do
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