The Devil and Tom Walker

The Devil and Tom Walker

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  • In the year 1727, a miserly man named Tom Walker lived with his wife, who is equally as money-crazed. They fought a lot about money and weren't loyal to each other.
  • One day, as he walked back home, he got to an abandoned Indian fort, and kicked a skull left over from the Indian wars with colonists, angering a tall man covered in soot who had been watching him. This man was called Old Sratch, and after a long conversation on the way home, Old Scratch tells him that he likes him and will allow him to acquire Kidd the Pirate's treasure on his conditions.
  • Tom shares the secret with his wife, who got excited by the promise of gold, however, Tom tells her wasn't going to take the deal. Determined to accept the deal herself, she takes all the valuables in their house as gifts for Old Scratch and goes out to find him. She never returns.
  • Tom tries to go and find his wife and the valuables , but finds her heart and liver tied up to a tree in her apron. . He was happy and thankful to Old Scratch for getting rid of his wife, but sad for the valuables. Tom decides to accept the treasure he was promised, and sets out to find Old Scratch again. Old Scratch establishes that if he gives Tom the money, he must use it to serve the devil.He proposes Tom to become a usurer, or corrupted money-loaner and he agrees.
  • Tom takes the money and sets up as a usurer in Boston. He becomes popular with adventurers, speculators, and merchants looking to borrow money for their adventures. He loans to them and then soaks them dry with his interests rates. Makes a lot of money and builds a big house for himself. Also starts to fear God's punishment for his service to the devil, so he bemuse more "religious".
  • But it is too late.One day a poor landjobber visits Tom and asks him for more time to pay off his loan before foreclosing his mortgage, Tom refuses. The man claims Tom had made a lot of money off him already, and Tom says "the devil take me if I have made a farthing!" a black man on a black horse knocks on his door, and takes him away. Tom Walker dies, and when trustees go to claim his assets, they find that his house an all possessions had gotten burnt in flames.
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