"The Minister's Black Veil," a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, takes place in the Puritanical New England town of Milford in the 18th century. The story appeared in the collection "Twice-Told Tales."
"The Minister's Black Veil" tells the story of a clergyman who appears one day wearing a black veil over his face and refuses to remove it. He loses his fiancée over this and brings gloom and fear to his town, but he does not remove the veil even at his deathbed. Many people interpret this story to be about secret sin and the tendency of people to fear that which they do not understand.