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The whole intention of the story is to illustrate the reaction of people to a person doing something that is both eccentric and suggestive of sin/guilt - and also to produce a feeling of un-rightness and unrighteousness. With this objective in mind it would be counterproductive to the story's intention to have any sort of resolution in regards to the reason for the veil. The reason for this story is not to be found in the story itself but through an examination of Hawthorne's life. His grandfather was one of the judges that presided over the Salem witch trials (the one that didn't retract or repent). There is a theme of unrepentant evil that exists in much of Hawthorne's work: The Scarlet Letter, Young Goodman Brown, The Minister's Black Veil, House of Seven Gables, etc.

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