Young Goodman Brown

The devil first appears in the guise of Goodman’s grandfather, carrying a staff that resembles a serpent. He later appears as a dark figure. He meets Goodman Brown in the woods, reveals the hypocrisy of all the Puritan leaders Goodman respects, and lures Goodman and Faith to a satanic conversion ceremony.

The Devil Quotes in Young Goodman Brown

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Young Goodman Brown Quotes

"You are late, Goodman Brown," said he. "The clock of the Old South was striking, as I came through Boston; and that is full fifteen minutes agone."
"Faith kept me back awhile," replied the young man, with a tremor in his voice, caused by the sudden appearance of his companion, though not wholly unexpected.

Related Characters: Goodman Brown (speaker), The Devil (speaker), Faith
Page Number: 195
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But the only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable was his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent.

Related Characters: The Devil
Related Symbols: The devil’s serpent staff
Page Number: 195
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“I have been as well acquainted with your family as with ever a one among the Puritans; and that's no trifle to say. I helped your grandfather, the constable, when he lashed the Quaker woman so smartly through the streets of Salem; and it was I that brought your father a pitch-pine knot, kindled at my own hearth, to set fire to an Indian village, in King Philip's war.”

Related Characters: The Devil (speaker), Goodman Brown’s Father, Goodman’s Grandfather
Page Number: 196
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“"I marvel they never spoke of these matters; or, verily, I marvel not, seeing that the least rumor of the sort would have driven them from New England. We are a people of prayer, and good works to boot, and abide no such wickedness.”

Related Characters: Goodman Brown (speaker), The Devil, Goodman Brown’s Father, Goodman Brown’s Mother
Page Number: 196
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“I shall take a cut through the woods until we have left this Christian woman behind. Being a stranger to you, she might ask whom I was consorting with and whither I was going.”

Related Characters: Goodman Brown (speaker), The Devil, Goody Cloyse
Page Number: 197
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“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?"

Related Characters: Goodman Brown (speaker), Faith, The Devil, Goody Cloyse
Page Number: 198
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"My Faith is gone!" cried he, after one stupefied moment. "There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name. Come, devil; for to thee is this world given."

Related Characters: Goodman Brown (speaker), Faith, The Devil
Page Number: 200
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"Let us hear which will laugh loudest. Think not to frighten me with your deviltry. Come witch, come wizard, come Indian powwow, come devil himself, and here comes Goodman Brown. You may as well fear him as he fear you."

Related Characters: Goodman Brown (speaker), The Devil
Page Number: 201
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The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of man.

Related Characters: The Devil
Page Number: 201
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"There," resumed the sable form, "are all whom ye have reverenced from youth. Ye deemed them holier than yourselves, and shrank from your own sin, contrasting it with their lives of righteousness and prayerful aspirations heavenward. Yet here are they all in my worshipping assembly.”

Related Characters: The Devil (speaker), Goodman Brown, Faith
Page Number: 203
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“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.”

Related Characters: The Devil (speaker), Goodman Brown, Faith
Page Number: 204
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"Faith! Faith!" cried the husband, "look up to heaven, and resist the wicked one."

Related Characters: Goodman Brown (speaker), Faith, The Devil
Page Number: 205
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The Devil Character Timeline in Young Goodman Brown

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At sunset in the town of Salem, Massachusetts, a man named Goodman Brown has just stepped over the threshold of the front door of his... (full context)
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Faith pleads with Goodman Brown not to leave her alone all night and instead to set out on his... (full context)
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Now walking along on his way, Goodman Brown feels a crushing sense of guilt over leaving Faith, not just because she begged... (full context)
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Goodman Brown resolves, after this one night, to stand by Faith after tonight and someday “follow... (full context)
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Goodman Brown’s confidence doesn’t last long, however. A wave of dread and fear soon overwhelms him... (full context)
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...of them walk through the deep forest in the darkening dusk, the narrator describes the man as ordinary and simply dressed, and considerably older than Goodman Brown. He looks enough like... (full context)
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Sensing that Goodman Brown is tiring, the man offers him his staff to help pick up the pace.... (full context)
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The man shocks Goodman Brown by replying that he was good friends with Goodman Brown’s father, grandfather,... (full context)
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The man suggests that New England isn’t as holy as it claims, and describes drinking communion wine... (full context)
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As the man speaks, someone comes into sight on the path ahead: Goody Cloyse, a pious old woman... (full context)
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To Goodman Brown’s surprise and horror, Goody Cloyse greets the man as the devil and then addresses... (full context)
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Goodman Brown and the devil walk on together. The narrator says that the devil argues very... (full context)
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Just then, Goodman Brown hears horsemen approaching. He feels guilty for being in the forest and so hides... (full context)
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...stars, and from it he hears a murmur of voices. He recognizes the voices of many of the people of Salem, both the holy and the unholy ones, and he recognizes... (full context)
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Crazed with despair, losing all hope that there is good on earth, Goodman Brown exclaims, “My Faith is gone!” He calls for the devil and then grasps the... (full context)
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...a sound like roaring wind and howling beasts, the pine trees burn brighter, and a figure appears at the pulpit. The narrator notes that the figure resembles some of the most... (full context)
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The figure tells them to look at the congregation, and describes the hypocritical piety of all the... (full context)
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The figure then tells them to look at each other. Goodman Brown recognizes the woman beside him... (full context)
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Goodman Brown staggers back to Salem the next morning, staring all around him like a crazy... (full context)
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The narrator wonders whether Goodman Brown’s night in the forest could have all been a dream, but says that even... (full context)