What causes Brown to exclaim, "My faith is gone!"?

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This exclamation has a double meaning. This is because "Faith" is Brown's wife and she is also a symbol for religious faith. After his experience in the forest, Brown does not know if his wife finally resisted the devil or became part of the devil's cult. Because he is so unsure about the outcome of the evening, he exclaims "My Faith is gone.---meaning his wife has made a pact with the devil and/or his religious faith is gone. Unfortunately, Brown is never able to see that people have both good and bad sides. Since he cannot accept the dual nature of man, he sees everyone's dark side. Sadly, he can never enjoy life or people again.
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