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FC: Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne Mixbook by Megan Splain

1: At sunset, young Goodman Brown leaves his home and wife, Faith, to meet with a mysterious traveller in the forest.

2: Taking the dreary road, darkened by the gloomiest trees of the forest, young Goodman Brown felt lonely, wondering if the Devil might be right beside him on his way to the unholy ceremony.

3: Upon passing a curve in the road, he beheld the figure of a man seated at the foot of an old tree. The man arose and began to walk with young Goodman Brown, side by side.

5: It was deep dusk in the forest when young Goodman Brown noticed his companion's staff, which looked like a great black snake and seemed to twist and wriggle itself as if alive.

6: As the two continued, Goodman Brown discovers others on the dreary road. Among the others was the woman that served as his moral and spiritual advisor. Seeing her along the road, Goodman Brown is disheartened,and he decides to stop and walk no further.

8: "Friend," said he, stubbornly, "my mind is made up. Not another step will I budge on this errand. What if a wretched old woman do choose to go to the devil, when I thought she was going to Heaven! Is that any reason why I should quit my dear Faith, and go after her?" Goodman Brown's companion told him to rest for awhile, and offered his staff to help Brown when he felt like moving again. Without a word more, he tossed the staff to Brown and was gone.

9: Brown sat and applauded himself for his decision to turn back. As he sat, he heard the sound of horses along the road.

10: Peering through the trees, he recognizes the rider's voices as those of the minister and deacon.

11: As Goodman Brown reaffirms his plan to stand firm against the devil, he hears a familiar voice upon the air.

12: "Faith!" shouted Goodman Brown, realizing she is one to be initiated at the meeting this night.

13: Realizing that he has lost his Faith, he calls for the devil, grabs his staff, and rushes onward into the wilderness, with the instinct that guides a mortal man to evil.

14: The whole forest was peopled with frightful sounds; the creaking of the trees, the howling of wild beasts, and the yell of Indians; while sometimes the wind tolled like a distant church-bell,and sometimes gave a broad roar around the traveller, as if all Nature were laughing him to scorn. But he was himself the chief horror of the scene, and shrank not from its other horrors.

16: He stole forward, until the light of the fire glared full upon his eyes. At one extremity of an open space, hemmed in by the dark wall of the forest, arose a rock, bearing some rude, natural resemblance either to an altar or a pulpit, and surrounded by four blazing pines, their tops aflame, their stems untouched, like candles at an evening meeting. THe mass of foliage, that had overgrown the summit of the rock, was all on fire, blazing hight into the night, and fitfully illuminating the whole field. Each pendent twig and leafy festoon was in a blaze. As the red light arose

17: and fell, a numerous congregation alternately shone forth, then disappeared in shadow, and again grew, as it were, out of the darkness, peopling the heart of the solitary woods at once.

19: Goodman Brown recognized a great many church-members in attendance, consorting with wretches given to vice and the Indian priests. He was surprised to see that the good did not shrink from the wicked and sinners were not abashed by the saints.

20: The new converts were called forth. Goodman Brown stepped forward toward the altar. He looked at the person standing next to him before the altar and beheld his wife, Faith.

21: The figure behind the altar spoke the following in a deep, solemn tone. "Depending upon one another's hearts, ye had still hoped that virtue were not all a dream! Now are ye undeceived! Evil is the nature of mankind. Evil must be your only happiness. Welcome, again, my children, to the communion of your race.

22: As they are about to seal their their alliance with wickedness, Goodman Brown calls to his wife to look up to Heaven and resist the Wicked One.

23: At that instant, he found himself standing alone in the forest, next to the cold, wet rock.

24: The next morning, Goodman Brown returned to the village uncertain if his experience had been real or just a dream. Regardless, he finds himself shaken.

25: His view of his neighbors and his wife are distorted by his memories of that night, and he lives out his life as a stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not desperate man.

26: And when he had lived long, and was borne to his grave, they carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone, for his dying hour was gloom.

27: The End

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