What is Goodman Brown so surprised about by the people he sees in the forest?  What kinds of people are they?  Why is Goodman Brown surprised when he sees this particular mix of people?  How does he view them at the end of the story (after the dream)?  How does that affect his entire life from then on?    

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Goodman Brown is surprised by all of the people that he sees in the forest consorting with the Devil, because previously Goodman Brown thought that each of those people were good Puritans.  Not only good Puritans, but highly revered, respected Puritans for their general goodness and work within the community in tasks that helped bolster the faith of the rest of the community.  Take the following quote about Goodie Cloyse.  

As he spoke he pointed his staff at a female figure on the path, in whom Goodman Brown recognized a very pious and exemplary dame, who had taught him his catechism in youth, and was still his moral and spiritual adviser, jointly with the minister and Deacon Gookin.


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