What foreshadows Mr. Hooper's deathbed scene in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil"?

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The short story "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne tells of a minister, Mr. Hooper, who one day appears at the meeting house with a black veil draped over the top half of his face, obscuring everything from his mouth up. His congregation is shocked. His fiancé pleads with him to remove the veil, but he refuses. As a result, his marriage is called off, and he is ostracized from the company of others. He does, however, continue to be an attentive, loving, and efficient pastor his whole life until he is old and on his death bed. As he is dying, the minister attending him implores him one last time to remove the veil, but Hooper declares that he will never do it in this life. He also affirms that on everyone's heart is a black veil, as if the veil covering his face is a metaphor for the human condition.

Foreshadowing is a literary device through which the writer gives clues about what will happen later in the story. In "The Minister's Black Veil," Hawthorne uses foreshadowing at...

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