Irony in The Minister's Black Veil

The Minister's Black Veil 1
"The subject had reference to secret sin and those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest..."   (The Minister's Black Veil)

Ironically, if the congregation had paid attention to the sermon, they might have connected the sermon's subject with the minister’s veil. Readers should connect the subject of the sermon with the symbolism of the veil: the black veil that hides Hooper’s face is a metaphor for the hidden sins we keep close to our hearts but never speak of.