Everything is not what it seems

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"Among them, quivering to and fro between gloom and splendor, appeared faces that would be seen next day at the council board of the province, and others which, Sabbath after Sabbath, looked devoutly heavenward, and benignantly over the crowded pews, from the holiest pulpits in the land."

 

At this "evil gathering" it becomes apparent that all people who are attending are not just people in the community that are considered "evil". People that Goodman Brown knows on a personal level and who hold respectable roles in his community are present. It seems that he is very surprised that people he thought were upright and attend the Sabbath regularly are participating in acts of "evil." It could imply that people do not act in ways that show their true selves. Some Christian people could have bad intentions deep down inside. Or it could be looked in a totally different way to mean that bad things can happen to anyone, even people who seem to lead very wholesome lives. It would seem that bad things happen to bad people, but that is not always the case. 

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