After the Deal: Attitude: Tom Walker regrets accepting the deal. He lost his wife, valuables, and he feels his afterlife will be affected because of the deal and being a usurer. Statements: "Tom lost his patience and his piety- "The Devil take me," said he, "if I have made a farthing!" (Irving 267). Actions: When the black fellow comes to knock on Tom's door to get him, Tom flees his house, leaving everything to burn in the fire he started.
Before the Deal: Attitude: Tom Walker was a very miserable man who was married to an equally miserable woman. Statements: "He had a wife as miserly as himself: they were so miserably that they even conspired to cheat each other" (Irving 259). Actions: Tom spends the day wandering the distant part of the neighborhood when he meets up with a man named Old Scratch, and he makes a deal with him.