The Devil and Tom Walker

The Devil and Tom Walker

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  • In a swamp not far from Boston, in 1727, lives a miserly fellow named Tom Walker and his wife, a woman as miserly as he. They are very greedy, try to cheat each other and are constantly fighting. 
  • One night, Tom was walking by the swamp, when he found a skull on his way home. He also saw what he recognized as the devil "Old Scratch".  Old Scratch was offering a treasure in exchange for Tom's soul.
  • Tom's wife urged him to accept this deal! Tom would not agree just because his wife wanted him to. So she left the house for several days to look for the treausre.
  • He grew desperate because his wife had taken many valuable things... when he went to look for her, all he found was her heart hanging from a tree, which he didn't mind too much.
  • He also decided to go look for Old Scratch because he wanted to accept the deal...
  • He accepted the devil's deal and made a lot of dirty money. For a long time he was happy but, at a point he was unsatisfied with himself, so he tried to end the deal. He always carried a Bible with him.
  • Finally one day he had had enough and said "The devil take me... if I have made farthing!". Immediately the devil knocked on the door and took him.
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