Young Goodman Brown

Young Goodman Brown

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  • Say thy prayers, dear Faith, and go to bed at dusk, and no harm will come to thee. 
  • A lone woman is troubled with such dreams... Pray tarry with me this night, of all nights in the year.
  • Goodman Brown leaves town to go to an important meeting. His wife, Faith, however, does not feel comfortable staying by herself as she feels something bad will happen.
  • Upon meeting the devil in the woods for their meeting, Goodman Brown feels uneasy and knows he shouldn't be there. 
  • Let us walk on, nevertheless, reasoning as we go; and if I convince thee not thou shalt turn back. We are but a little way in the forest yet. 
  • Having kept covenant by meeting thee here, it is my purpose now to return whence I came. 
  • After resisting the devil's advances and persuasion, Goodman Brown finds a pink ribbon, resembling that Faith is in trouble.
  • My Faith is gone!
  • There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name. Come, devil; for to thee is this world given.
  • Goody Cloyse? Deacon Gookin? All the people in Salem are here... Are they all a part of this?
  • Faith! Faith! Look up to heaven, and resist the wicked one.
  • Goodman Brown finds his wife and all the townspeople in the woods, in some sort of sinister ceremony.
  • What happened? Was what I saw real, or was it all a dream?
  • Goodman Brown returned back to town the morning after the incident in the woods, looking baffled that so many of the townspeople could pursue their daily life as if nothing happened the night before. 
  • Often, waking suddenly at midnight, he shrank from the bosom of Faith; and at morning or eventide, when the family knelt down at prayer, he scowled and muttered to himself, and gazed sternly at his wife, and turned away.
  • Goodman Brown never got over the incident, and knew that he could never trust the people he thought he knew, including his wife, Faith.
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