It would be a stretch to call Nathaniel Hawthorne an isolationist, and instead we could call him, and many do, a private man. As I read through bits of Hawthorne's biography, I am coming to think, more and more, to think his life seeped into his works more than many people think. It reminds me of Mr. Hooper's "simple piece of crape,” the crape being the veil in question in the story "The Minister's Black Veil" (Hawthorne 410). The image of a lifelong veil worn about ones face in real life would be striking, but because it mirrors what he may have felt at the time for Hawthorne. What is meant by this is that if we consider his history alongside, to include his is it would be much more difficult to understand his work, and therefore it should be considered when reading stories similar to “My Kinsman, Major Molineux.”
Farrer, Ash, "Veils of Hawthorne" (2015). English Class Publications. 15.