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What is the subject of Mr. Hooper’s sermon on the first day he wears the veil?

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mike10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 30, 2013 at 1:14 AM via web

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What is the subject of Mr. Hooper’s sermon on the first day he wears the veil?

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srodgers1029 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM (Answer #1)

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The topic of the minister's first sermon after donning the veil is "secret sin."  This first sermon is overtly ironic, given the fact that that the new minister has chosen to randomly take up the habit of hiding his visage behind a veil.  However, the delivery of the sermon is also paradoxical, since the minister is normally mild-mannered and not very exciting from the pulpit, but with the addition of the veil, the parishoners now hang on his every word--which is precisely the effect he hopes for.

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