Dearest heart, prithee out off your journey until sunrise and sleep in your own bed to-night.
Amen! Say the prayers, dear faith, and go to bed at dusk, and no harm will come to thee.
Faith kept me back a while.
You are late, Goodman Brown.
Friend, having kept covenant by meeting thee here, it is my purpose now to return whence I came.
Sit here and rest yourself for a while; and when you feel like moving again, there is my staff to help you along.
The next morning, Brown returns to the village unaware of what he experienced was real or a dream. He sees the same members of the community that were at the fire and cries out defaming them in wickedness.
For the rest of his life, he is changed, trusting no one, especially not his wife, Faith.