What is the plot in the book Young Goodman Brown?

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The plot of the short story "Young Goodman Brown" is fairly simple. Goodman Brown leaves his wife Faith to go for a walk in the woods at sunset. He meets a man (who is the Devil in disguise). They walk together, and as they walk, they talk; the man tells Brown things about the past and the community. They encounter Goody Cloyse, who has long been an advisor to Brown, and Brown goes with her to a gathering of witches where the minister and the deacon will also be attending. He sees Faith at the meeting, and cries out for her to resist the Devil's temptations. When he does, suddenly Brown is alone in the woods, and he never does figure out if the other people actually were there with him or if he dreamed the whole thing.


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