“Young Goodman Brown” (1835)

Nathaniel Hawthorne (writer).

Read in 2017.

By the sympathy of your human hearts for sin ye shall scent out all the places—whether in church, bed-chamber, street, field, or forest—where crime has been committed, and shall exult to behold the whole earth one stain of guilt, one mighty bloodspot.

A wonderfully disillusioned twist to the familiar Christian moral allegory of a witches’ Sabbath, here in Puritan Salem with native pagans, but it might as well be any part of medieval Europe.

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