Mr. Hooper has never been a particularly "energetic" preacher; he has been generally mild rather than adopting a fire and brimstone style of speech.
The sermon which he now delivered was marked by the same characteristics of style and manner as the general series of his pulpit oratory. But there was something, either in the sentiment of the discourse itself, or in the imagination of the auditors, which made it greatly the most powerful effort that they had ever heard from their pastor's lips. It was tinged, rather more darkly than usual, with the gentle gloom of Mr. Hooper's temperament.
Now, however, Mr. Hooper's style of speaking is having a very different effect on his congregation since he has donned the black veil. Despite the fact that he has changed nothing else about his style, his listeners are much more greatly affected than they ever have been before. Though he continues to speak mildly and gently, his sermon today feels a great deal more powerful. "A subtle power was breathed...
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