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Each of the principal images or concepts of the narrative gain in significance as they acquire additional contextual meanings and they are resignified in terms of this web of Christological significances which reside in Scripture. Piers reads both the sacred book and the world in which he operates as meaningful purely in typological terms and as a consequence it is he who is able to make sense most fully of that world which appears so perplexing to characters like Will. Only typological interpretation provides access to the logic according to which the fictional world operates.
The 'divine destination' of Augustine's description has to be the sacred book, and allegorical narratives until the Romantic period used Scripture in this way as part of a displacement strategy that allowed the narrative to deal with interpretative issues that cannot be resolved in corporeal terms. But the strategy relies crucially upon the assumption that the reader shares a commitment to the sacred book as being sacred and so capable of functioning as a 'divine destination'. As we shall see in the following chapters, writers of allegory have not always been able to make this crucially important assumption.
Goodman Brown's inability to interpret accurately is indicated by his ignorance of his own place within a typological scheme of redemption. 28 The diabolical figure who awaits Goodman Brown takes advantage of his hermeneutic weakness to destroy the last remnant of faith that Brown possesses. If Brown can see, consorting with the Devil, those authorities to whom he has always looked for moral and spiritual guidance, then he is satisfied to place his trust in the evidence of his senses and never even to suspect that he might be wrong or that he might be manipulated by malevolent rather than benevolent spiritual forces.