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What foreshadows Goodman Brown's meeting with his fellow traveller in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown?"

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," there are several instances that point to Brown's plan to meet with the old gentleman who is actually the devil. (And Brown knows who he is meeting.)

The first bit of foreshadowing comes not from Faith—as he insinutates—but from Brown's words to her. As she begs him not to got out for the evening, and he gently chides her, asking if she does not trust him. She has said nothing to convey any mistrust of her new husband: he presents the topic.

My journey, as thou callest it, forth and back again, must needs be done 'twixt now and sunrise. What, my sweet, pretty wife, dost thou doubt me already, and we but three months married?

There is also foreshadowing in Faith's wish for him, as she sends Brown off on his "errand:"

And may you find all well when you come back.

Later we know that this will not be the case. There is also a sense of foreshadowing as Brown takes leave of his wife, offering words that sound almost like a spell against evil, or a child's...

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