At the beginning of the story, Goodman Brown leaves his wife faith on a journey into the forest, and planned to be back at dawn.
Pray tarry with me this night, dear husband, of all nights in the year.
Of all nights in the year, this one night i must tarry away from thee. My journey must needs be done 'twixt now and sunrise.
You are late, Goodman brown. The clock of the old south was striking as i came through boston, and that is full fifteen minutes agone.
MAJOR INCITING CONFLICT
Faith kept me back a while.
Brown meets with an old man in the woods who claims that Brown is late. We will learn later that he is the devil.
The devil branches off to talk to Goody Cloyse, who Brown knows as a holy, pious woman. In actuality, she is a servant to the devil.
Then Goody Cloyse know's her old friend?
Mighty well, Deacon Gookin! Spur up, or we shall be late. Nothing can be done, you know, until I get on the ground.
Moreover, there is a goodly young woman to be taken into communion.
Brown hears Deacon Gookin and another elderly man behind him, so he hides and overhears that a young woman, who we will find out is Faith, is being indoctrined into this satanist cult.
At the ceremony, Brown makes an attempt to interrupt it and turn Faith away from the "wicked one". He wakes up after this even and questions whether this was a dream.
Welcome, my children, to the communion of your race.
Faith! Faith! Look up to heaven, and resist the wicked one.
Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest and only dreamed a wild dream of a witch meeting? Faith, an old woman, and children and grandchildren, a goodly procession, besides neighbors not a few, they carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone, for his dying hour was gloom.
FALLING ACTION / RESOLUTION
Brown returns to civilization, and no longer trusts anyone, thinking that everyone might be serving the devil.