At the beginning of the story, Goodman Brown is saying his goodbyes to his wife, Faith. He doesn't reveal where he is actually going and says he is just going on an "errand." Faith wishes Goodman won't leave her because she does not want to be alone.
"My love and my Faith," replied young Goodman Brown, "of all nights in the year, this one night must I tarry away from thee.
"Then God bless you!" said Faith, with the pink ribbons; "and may you find all well when you come back."
Brown left Faith without revealing what he would truly be doing. This causes the reader to suspect it is something dark. The reader soon finds out the Brown went to the forest to meet with the Devil, who is attempting to make a deal with Brown.
"Let us walk on, nevertheless, reasoning as we go."
Major Inciting Confict
"We have been a race of honest men and good Christians since the days of martyrs."
The Devil tried and failed to convince Goodman Brown to take his deal. Brown finds out that Goody Cloyse was a witch. Brown hears Faith's scream and a pink ribbon falls from the sky. This causes Brown to stop refusing the Devil. The devil's staff then transports Goodman Brown to the devil's forest ceremony.
Then Goody Cloyse knows her old friend?"
"That old woman taught me my catechism."
"The Devil!" screamed the pious old lady.
Once Brown arrives to the ceremony he sees the good people of his community. People you wpuld never expect to walk with the Devil. For example, Deacon Gookin, Goody Cloyse, and many others. Faith is also present. Brown yells to Faith, begging her to resist the Devil when he wakes up on the forrest floor.
"Faith! Faith!" cried the husband, "look up to heaven, and resist the wicked one."
"Goodman Brown snatched away the child as from the grasp of the fiend himself."
When Brown wakes up in the forest, he doesn't know what was real and what was a dream. He walks back into town where Faith greets him as if nothing was wrong. He sees all the other members in his community and calls them out in their dealings with the Devil.
Goodman Brown was untrusting and angry the rest of his life. He turned away his wife and was distant to his own family. He trusted no one till the day he died.
"They carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone, for his dying hour was gloom."