Young Goodman Brown
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Young Goodman Brown Good vs. Evil Quotes
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With this excellent resolve for the future, Goodman Brown felt himself justified in making more haste on his present evil purpose. (8)
Oh, yeah, we're totally going to start that diet tomorrow. And do all of our homework ahead of time. And keep our rooms clean. And stop going on nefarious journeys in the middle of the night. Tomorrow.
"The devil!" screamed the pious old lady.
"Then Goody Cloyse knows her old friend?" observed the traveller, confronting her and leaning on his writhing stick.
Oh, boy, let's count the creepy things about this passage: (1) Seriously, is that guy really the devil? (2) The stick. It's writhing. (3) The friendly neighborhood lady is friends with the devil. (4) The STICK is WRITHING.
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 traveler, 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. (51)
Haunted houses at the state fair have nothing on this: all of Nature is laughing at the poor guy. But notice that what he's really afraid of is himself. Another check in the column for "it was all just a dream"?