Young Goodman Brown
Loss of Innocence Quotes
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So they parted; and the young man pursued his way, until, being about to turn the corner by the meeting-house, he looked back, and saw the head of Faith peeping after him, with a melancholy air, in spite of her pink ribbons. (6)
Young Goodman Brown believes that Faith embodies kindness and innocence. But what if Faith's "melancholy air" is a sign that she's not so sheltered after all? She may be sad because she can relate to the moral trials that Brown is soon to experience.
"Poor little Faith!" thought he, for his heart smote him. "What a wretch am I, to leave her on such an errand! She talks of dreams, too. Methought, as she spoke, there was trouble in her face, as if a dream had warned her what work is to be done to-night. But, no, no! 't would kill her to think it. Well; she's a blessed angel on earth; and after this one night, I'll cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven." (6-7)
Again: "blessed angel on earth," or not so much? All we have to say is that it's usually not a good sign if you're having bad dreams. (At least in literature.)
"Can this be so!" cried Goodman Brown, with a stare of amazement at his undisturbed companion. "Howbeit, I have nothing to do with the governor and council; they have their own ways, and are no rule for a simple husbandman, like me. But, were I to go on with thee, how should I meet the eye of that good old man, our minister, at Salem village? Oh his voice would make me tremble, both Sabbath-day and lecture-day!" (21)
Young Goodman Brown's observations don't seem too ridiculous—but, when you think about it, this is basically like a kid who doesn't want to steal because he's afraid of his parents. He's not avoiding it because it's wrong: he just doesn't want to get into trouble. Not too mature.