The Minister’s Black Veil

Elizabeth is Hooper’s fiancée at the beginning of the story. After he begins wearing his veil, she is the only person in Milford who isn’t immediately afraid of him. When Hooper refuses to show his face and explain himself, she begins to fear him, and shortly thereafter she breaks off the engagement. Despite abandoning Hooper, Elizabeth continues to love him even as he grows old, and on his deathbed, she takes care of him and helps to ensure that his veil isn’t removed.

Elizabeth Quotes in The Minister’s Black Veil

The The Minister’s Black Veil quotes below are all either spoken by Elizabeth or refer to Elizabeth. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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The Minister's Black Veil Quotes

“There is an hour to come,” said he, “when all of us shall cast aside our veils. Take it not amiss, beloved friend, if I wear this piece of crape till then.”

Related Characters: Reverend Hooper (speaker), Elizabeth
Related Symbols: The Black Veil
Page Number: 17
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"But what if the world will not believe that it is the type of an innocent sorrow?" urged Elizabeth. "Beloved and respected as you are, there may be whispers that you hide your face under the consciousness of secret sin. For the sake of your holy office do away this scandal."

Related Characters: Elizabeth (speaker), Reverend Hooper
Related Symbols: The Black Veil
Page Number: 18
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"Have patience with me, Elizabeth!" cried he, passionately. "Do not desert me though this veil must be between us here on earth. Be mine, and hereafter there shall be no veil over my face, no darkness between our souls. It is but a mortal veil; it is not for eternity. Oh, you know not how lonely I am, and how frightened to be alone behind my black veil!

Related Characters: Reverend Hooper (speaker), Elizabeth
Related Symbols: The Black Veil
Page Number: 18
Explanation and Analysis:

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Elizabeth Character Timeline in The Minister’s Black Veil

The timeline below shows where the character Elizabeth appears in The Minister’s Black Veil. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Hooper’s fiancée, Elizabeth, is the only person in Milford who isn’t afraid of Hooper’s veil. She goes to... (full context)
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As Elizabeth attempts to reason with Hooper, she begins to feel afraid of his veil for the... (full context)
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After Elizabeth leaves Hooper, no one tries to remove or understand his veil. Some say that Hooper... (full context)
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...family, many clergymen come to visit him on his deathbed, including the young Reverend Clark. Elizabeth, who has continued to love Hooper even after leaving him, now takes care of him.... (full context)