Have you ever had one of those days when you can't tell the difference between a dream and reality? You just want to pinch yourself because everything is so unbelievable. In the story "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathanial Hawthorne Goodman brown must have been dreaming. First because Faith's (Goodman Brown's wife) pink ribbon can't be in two places at the same time. Second the rock was cold and wet when a little before it was on fire. And the twig wasn't burnt or on fire when before it was. Thirdly it certainly takes longer than 15 minutes to get to Salem from Boston although that's how long the devil said it took him to get to Salem.
The devil was waiting for Goodman Brown, and came from Boston to Salem in 15 minutes. If you were going the speed limit going to Salem from Boston it would take around 45 minutes.
"The clock of the old south was striking as I came through Boston, and that is a full fifteen minutes agone." Well, how do you get to Salem in fifteen minutes, if it takes 45 minutes? You couldn't, it's not possible unless it was a dream. Just because he meets the "devil" doesn't mean the impossible is possible.
The rock was red with fire, the trees burned with fury. The rock was on fire and so were the trees. Then when he leaned on the rock suddenly it was cold and wet then he saw a twig that had been on fire a minute before. "He staggered against the rock, and felt it chill and damp; while a hanging twig, which had been all on fire, besprinkled his cheek with the coldest dew." How could a rock be on fire one minute and then cold and...