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Extended Audio Sample The Ministers Black Veil (Unabridged), by Nathaniel Hawthorne
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,713 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Walter Zimmerman Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Minister's Black Veil was first published in the 1836 edition of The Token and Atlantic Souvenir. It later appeared in Twice-Told Tales, a collection of short stories by Hawthorne published in 1837. Hawthorne's inspiration for this story may have been a true event. A clergyman named Joseph Moody of York, Maine, nicknamed Handkerchief Moody, accidentally killed a friend when he was a young man and wore a black veil from the man's funeral until his own death. The story concerns the minister of a small town who suddenly and inexplicably begins wearing a black veil that hangs from his forehead and covers his eyes and nose. As one charater in the story says, He has changed himself into something awful, only by hiding his face. Hawthorne thus creates a dramtic story based around two of his common themes - the effects of secrecy and guilt. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Inga | 12/21/2013

    " And hence it shall glimmer in the dark grave! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katya | 12/19/2013

    " Shows peoples true colors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andalee | 10/23/2013

    " This short story is amazing. I think it's a great commentary on religion and how people can be manipulated by fear of the unknown. It's really a genius piece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tammy | 10/4/2013

    " This narrative is very like Hawthorne's YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN, except a bit more sinister. Well, maybe not. They are both creepy but poignant. "

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