What events trouble Goodman Brown on his walk home? How does Faith greet him?

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On his trip home, Goodman Brown meets some of the people he'd seen the previous night in the forest. Brown had been horrified to learn that many of the town's people, including religious figures, had consorted with the devil. Brown first meets the minister who blesses him. Brown cringes at the blessing because the minister was at the devil's meeting. He overhears the Deacon's prayers. He is troubled by this as well because the Deacon was also with the devil. He also sees Goody Cloyse teaching a young girl her catechism. He grabs the girl away from Goody Cloyse as if he was taking her away from the devil himself.

During that previous night, Brown had become completely dismayed to learn that so many people met with the devil. At the height of this evil meeting, Faith is seduced to join. Brown finds himself alone in the woods before he can see if she is seduced or not. But he has lost all trust and all "faith" in others, and perhaps in himself. So, when he meets her again at the end of his trip home, he is even more despondent than he had been in meeting the others. She is overjoyed to see him, but he looks at her with disapproval and sadness. He passes her without a greeting. He leaves his "faith." He has become distrustful and miserable because evil has such a large influence in the world. Brown literally turns away from his wife and figuratively turns away from his "faith."  In the final paragraph, this miserable outlook on life stays with him the rest of his life: 

Often, waking suddenly at midnight, he shrank from the bosom of Faith; and at morning or eventide, when the family knelt down at prayer, he scowled and muttered to himself, and gazed sternly at his wife, and turned away. 

On his trip home, Goodman Brown meets some of the people he'd seen the previous night in the forest. Brown had been horrified to learn that many of the town's people, including religious figures, had consorted with the devil. Brown first meets the minister who blesses him. Brown cringes at the blessing because the minister was at the devil's meeting. He overhears the Deacon's prayers. He is troubled by this as well because the Deacon was also with the devil. He also sees Goody Cloyse teaching a young girl her catechism. He grabs the girl away from Goody Cloyse as if he was taking her away from the devil himself.

During that previous night, Brown had become completely dismayed to learn that so many people met with the devil. At the height of this devil's meeting, Faith is being seduced to join. Brown finds himself alone in the woods before he can see if she is seduced or not. So, when he meets her again at the end of his trip home, he is even more despondent than he had been in meeting the others. She is overjoyed to see him, but he looks at her with disapproval and sadness. He passes her without a greeting. He had become so distrustful and so miserably that evil has such a large influence in the world, Brown literally turns away from his wife and figuratively turns away from his "faith."  

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