"About the year 1727, just at the time that earthquakes were prevalent in New England, and shook many tall sinners down upon their knees, there lived near this place a meager, miserly fellow, of the name Tom Walker.(Irving259)"
She is just as miserly!
"And pray, who are you, if i may be so bold.(Irving261)"
"Oh, I go by many names."
Tom begins meager, becomes boldish, and then is too cocky.
In this way he made money hand over hand, became rich and a mighty man.(Irving266)