The Devil and Tom Walker- Paola Rodriguez
Tom, a corrupt man.
He had a wife as miserly as himself; they were so miserly that they even conspired to cheat each other.
Tom consoled himself for the loss of his property with the loss of his wife; for he was a man of fortitude. He even felt something like gratitude towards the black woodsman, who he considered had done him a kindness.
"Let us get hold of the property, and we will endeavour to do without the woman"
He met the black man one evening in his usual woodman dress, with his axe on his shoulder, sauntering along the edge of the swamp, and humming a tune.
Having secured the good things of this world, he began to feel anxious about those of the next. He thought with regret on the bargain he had made with his black friend.
Tom had a lurking dread that the devil, after all, would have his due. He always carried a small bible in his coat pocket. He prayed loudly and strenuously.
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