In the short story "Young Goodman Brown" explain the identity of the horsemen and specify what they were anticipating.

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In "Young Goodman Brown," the protagonist Brown hears horses approaching.  He hides in the brush as they pass and he overhears their conversation:

"Of the two, reverend Sir," said the voice like the deacon's, I had rather miss an ordination-dinner than tonight's meeting. They tell me that some...

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In "Young Goodman Brown," the protagonist Brown hears horses approaching.  He hides in the brush as they pass and he overhears their conversation:

"Of thetwo, reverend Sir," said the voice like the deacon's, I had rather miss an ordination-dinner than tonight's meeting. They tell me that some of our community are to be here from Falmouth and beyond, and others from Connecticut and Rhode-Island; besides several of the Indian powows, who, after their fashion, know almost as much deviltry as the best of us. Moreover, there is a goodly young woman to be taken into communion."

The riders were his churches Reverend and the deacons of his congregation.  They are on their way to a meeting in the wooods.  They are excited about the meeting because they expect a new member, "a goodly young woman" to join their group that night.

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