Who is his companion in the story?

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The man Goodman Brown meets in the woods outside Salem that night, whom he had clearly had pre-arranged to meet, is described as:

...about fifty years old, apparently in the same rank of life as Goodman Brown, and bearing a considerable resemblance to him...they might have been taken for father and son.

We are told that he has a worldly air about him and that his staff

bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent.

The serpent, of course, symbolizes the devil, and even Goodman Brown admits to himself that his is out there on a “present evil purpose.” It is often said that the devil has the power to assume a pleasing shape (just ask Hamlet), and so readers are to put the pieces together and determine that Satan has disguised himself as young Goodman...

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