Imagery in The Minister's Black Veil

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"pale-faced congregation..."   (The Minister's Black Veil)

Hawthorne uses the descriptor 'pale-faced' here to sharply contrast the dark and light complexion between Hooper and his congregation. By using “pale-faced” not only are we given imagery of fearful or nervous people, but we are given a direct contrast to the blackness of Hooper’s veil. This contrast presents an image of darkness and light in the scene that symbolizes the forces of good and evil.