Faith Brown serves an allegorical purpose in this story. It is Faith that Brown leaves behind, presumably for one night, in order to keep his appointment with the Devil. Explaining to the old man why he is late Brown says, "Faith kept me back a while." She represents the force of good in the world. Thus, when Brown perceives that she too has been corrupted, he shouts 'My Faith is gone''' and rushes madly toward the witches's gathering.
The pink ribbons that decorate Faith's cap have drawn more critical attention than any other symbol in the...
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