Isn't It Ironic?
" "Then God bless you!" said Faith, with the pink ribbons; "and may you find all well when you come back." " - Nathaniel Hawthorne "Young Goodman Brown"
Irony is such a funny thing, don't you think? You hear stories of ballerinas tripping over curbs and breaking their ankles, and racecar drivers dying in car crashes, but saying something and the opposite happening? Talk about ironic.
When I happened to come across this quote, I thought nothing of it. However, upon reading further into the story and finding exactly what happens to Faith and Goodman Brown, I couldn't help but look back and laugh. At what is perhaps the weakest moment in the young couple's lives, the Devil manages to make Faith eat her words.
Now, I know this may seem frivolous and unimportant, but I thought it was so hilarious! Especially after you have read further into a story where the character becomes incredibly predictable, I sit there reading and start to talk to the characters! In this story, it was no different. As Goodman Brown is walking into the forest late at night and everything seems so dark and dreary, it's as if the setting is yelling at the character, and it's saying, "GO BACK!! DON'T BE A MORON!!"
If only he had listened...