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Excerpt from Melissa McFarland Pennell's Student Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne (courtesy of Greenwood Press)

In this excerpt Pennell refers to Original Sin and the title character of Hawthorne's short story "The Minister's Black Veil" when she notes the following:

"Hooper accepts the veil as a sign of the common bond of sin that unites humanity, but he does not grasp that others cannot bear to see the narrow truth of human nature reflected back at them in the living mirror that he has become" (42).

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