How many characters are in "The Minister's Black Veil"?  Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil"

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In Hawthorne's short story of secret sin, "The Minister's Black Veil," there are numerous minor characters since many members of the congregation are involved in the progression of the narrative.  For instance, there are "the hearers" of his sermon in which the Reverend Hooper dons his veil for the first time.  These "heareres" gather in little circles afterwards "with their mouths all whispering in the centers.  Then, there are the members of the funeral procession in which the minister presides.

There is also "the handsomest couple in Milford village" who is joined in wedlock by the Reverend Mr. Hooper, but their wedding seems to portend evil. After this incident, there is, of course, Hooper's fiancee, Elizabeth, who pleads with Parson Hooper to remove his veil in her presence, but the minister refuses.  Finally, there is the attending minister, the Reverend Mr. Clark, who comes to tend to the Reverend Mr. Hooper as he dies, asking Hooper to finally remove his veil.


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