Reverend Mr. Clark is a neighboring minister who comes to to take care of Reverend Mr. Hooper, who is dying. He is mystified by the Rev. Mr. Hooper's refusal to remove the black veil. He is unable to convince him to take it off.
Elizabeth is the woman who is engaged to Hooper. At first, she is understanding of his wearing the veil, seeing it as a piece of cloth. Yet, when he refuses to remove it, their engagement is severed. She remains true to him in friendship, staying with him while he is at death's door.
Reverend Mr. Hooper is a minister who wears the black veil. He refuses to take it off, even in death. He wears it as a symbol of mankind's hidden secrets.