How does the narator's description of the forest and of Brown's thoughts establish the atmosphere of the story?

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The first elements that establish the atmosphere of the story are actually found elsewhere: we're told it is sunset, which means the forest will be growing darker, and then his wife (Faith) says that she's especially worried about him tonight of all nights. Therefore, before we get the thoughts or description, we know tonight is special and growing darker.

When we get to the descriptions of the forest itself, Hawthorne piles on the adjectives and choose verbs that darken the...

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