Goodman Brown will be directed by this supernatural man to believe in what's bad in humanity. Like many of us who face obstacles along their journey's the traveler is going to be an influence not rooting for the good in Goodman Brown. As they began walking together the traveler began his first of many ploys to convince Goodman Brown. The traveler says:
" I have been as well acquainted with your family... I helped your grandfather...when he lashed the Quaker woman... and it was I that brought your father a pitch-pine knot...in King Philip's war" (221).
He goes on to say what good friends they were, and how they too went on this midnight journey. Young Goodman Brown challenges the piousness of his people, and questions "can this be so?" (221). On the second attempt the traveler points out a female figure on the path, Goodman Brown recognizes her as his catechist teacher from his youth. Goodman Brown hides along the path as the traveler approached the woman. "The Devil! Screamed the pious old lady. Then Goody Cloyse