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The Minister's Black Veil: Read
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CONTRASTS AND CONTRADICTIONS
Notice & Note: Highlight the words in paragraph 13 that
show a surprising reaction by the minister.
Analyze: How does this reaction add suspense to the
situation?

1 Answer

  • The words in paragraph 13 that indicate that the actions of Mr. Hooper (the minister) were very surprising to the congregation are:

    • Pent-up amazement ...[Line 1]

    • Strange and bewildered look ...[Line 5]

    • Mystery [Line 3]

    • Silent meditation  [Line 2]

    • Accidental lapse in memory [Line 6]

    • Indecorous confusion [Line 1]

    It adds to the suspense of the situation because now, given the events that had shocked the congregation to their core, there now awaits in the reader's mind, an expectation for a resolution of this suspense of what the problem with Minister Hooper is.

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