In the story "Young Goodman Brown," what is carved on Brown's tombstone when he dies?

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The text states specifically that "they carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone, for his dying hour was gloom." No doubt the tombstone had his name on it along with the year of his birth and death. Since eNotes allows for answering only two questions per posting, I will answer the next one in order, which is: "Where is Young Goodman Brown headed after sunset?" He has an engagement to attend an initiation ceremony held by a host of devil worshippers, including the town's most respected citizens, deep in the forest. The author does not explain how he came to be invited. It almost seems that this is something expected of every young man and woman when they reach a certain age. There is some resemblance in this respect to Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery."


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